5 Easy Pumpkin Carving Patterns



Pumpkin painting is safe for young kids - nothing too sharp for anyone to accidentally cut little fingers. But painting projects can also be a detailed, intricate project for older kids with artistic flair. And because they're only painted, they will last much longer than the typical carved jack-o'-lantern, which begins to rot in about four or five days.

  • Start by washing and drying pumpkins to remove any dirt from the surface. (Hint: paint won't stick to dirty pumpkins.)
  • Spraying pumpkins with varnish or paint sealer before painting will also help paint stick.
  • Allow the varnish to dry before breaking out the paints, acrylics being the best option.
  • Hit it with another coat of varnish or sealer post-painting and display!

Got Leftover Pumpkins? Turn them into winter decorations, such as Frosty the SnowPunkin.