Halloween ideas for the whole family!

This Halloween is certainly going to be different, but it doesn't mean we can't have fun.  

I don't know about you, but I definitely dread carving the pumpkin.  The mess, the knife, the dreaded "but mom, it doesn't look like what I wanted!"  So, instead of pumpkin carving, we decorate.  Maybe I'm lazy, but I like to call it efficient!

Every year we pick a theme (well at least I do!) and we have a blast.  This year, we spray painted our pumpkins and added sparkles. It was super easy and much tidier than carving a pumpkin.  The mess is easy to clean as long as you line your project with newspaper!


  • Pumpkins in all sizes (the more, the merrier!)
  • Outdoor spray paint
  • Gloves
  • Newspapers
  • Spray glue
  • Sparkles
  • Any other decorative items your kids want to add!

Get Crafty & Creative

Perfectly painted pumpkins:

  1. Line garage or lawn with newspapers (I prefer the garage - door open of course - it provides extra protection from the wind)
  2. Spray one coat of paint and let dry - I like to include the stem
  3. Spray second coat and let dry

Glitter & Glow:

  1. Follow step one above
  2. I don't usually paint the pumpkins that I plan to bedazzle as you won't see the paint
  3. Lightly coat pumpkin with spray glue
  4. Sprinkle or dump (if you have kids) the glitter all around over the pumpkin

And voila! You've got a brand new Halloween tradition!

Painted Pumpkins