Fall is officially here, and to many of us, that means one thing: pumpkin. Pumpkin coffee, desserts, candles, and of course, trips to the pumpkin patch! It’s tradition that after the pumpkin patch comes family carving sessions, if you’re feeling brave… but not all of us want to bust out the dangerous tools with our kids. If you’re not wanting to deal with the mess, clean up, and danger of using sharp objects around your little ones, we’ve rounded up some absolutely adorable no-carve alternatives that are sure to make your front porch look BOO-tiful!
For a pumpkin that is equal parts adorable and spooky, try this mummified pumpkin! All you need is some gauze and googly eyes.
These confetti pumpkins would be cute for an October birthday party, and can be used throughout the Halloween season, as well! Just buy confetti (or make your own using tissue paper) and mod podge or glue them onto your pumpkin. Using white pumpkins really makes the colors pop!
For something truly unique, check out this caterpillar pumpkin! With curly antennae made out of pipecleaners, you can customize him however you’d like. If your kids happen to love the book The Hungry Caterpillar as much as mine, you could easily imitate the character as well!
If you’re ready to have your guests or trick-or-treaters rolling with laughter, try some of these pun-kin ideas! Alphabet stickers are easy to find at the craft store, so come up with your best jokes and have fun!
To make this frighteningly cute pumpkin, all you need to do is cut a hole in the center of a tinsel wig. The eyeballs are made out of a ping pong ball cut in half. You can make a toothy scowl out of craft foam or paper, and voila!
A new take on an old classic, I’m sure that many of you have the pieces for this little guy laying around the house already. All you need is a drill and your favorite Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head pieces to make a silly and toddler-friendly pumpkin!
No matter if you’re an expert crafter or a beginner, we hope that you feel inspired after seeing some of these unique no-carve pumpkin ideas. Happy decorating!
Rachel is a wife and mother living in Raleigh, North Carolina. She’s a fan of good coffee, wearer of gray t-shirts, and is constantly starting books she will never finish. Her family is her joy, and she loves to engage with other moms and dads on matters of parenting. Her blog posts have also been featured on the Today Show Parenting Blog and Scary Mommy.