Are your kids eager to carve pumpkins to celebrate Halloween, but are WAY too little to be trusted with a knife? Put the sharp objects aside and try these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas for kids! Note: This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures.
“Mommy! What happened to Greenie?!?!” my four year-old daughter wailed when we arrived home after school.
Greenie is the name of the pumpkin she carefully chose at the local orchard’s pumpkin patch two weeks ago, and I love that she picked an ugly duckling of a pumpkin, riddled with green veins; her selection speaks to her wild imagination filled with fanciful, odd creatures.
Unfortunately for Greenie, it was riddled with holes, and its slimy seeds spilled out onto our crumbling brick steps; it was a victim of our yard’s brazen squirrel population. As it happens, squirrels enjoy “carving” pumpkins even more than my kids do.
Honestly, this is actually a good thing, because a four year-old has no business carving her own pumpkin and neither does her six year-old big brother.
Although I’m sure my husband and I will carve at least one pumpkin for our kids and end up covered in seeds and slime, I appreciate good no-carve pumpkin options that are safer and less messy.
Here are my three favorite pumpkin decorating ideas for kids that my own little monsters enjoyed.
Plus, at the end of this post you’ll get to download some free printable pumpkin decorations!
No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids
1. Painter’s Tape Pumpkin
All you need is painter’s tape, scissors, and paint, and even the littlest kids will have a ball decorating their pumpkins! For mini artists, I recommend child-safe finger paint or school paint. Keep your painting surface safe by topping it with a plastic garbage bag, and have your child wear one of your old t-shirts as a smock.
I’m sure paint will still end up where it should not, but hey – at least you made the effort to keep it contained!
Simply cut the painter’s tape into shapes of any kind – make a happy face, scary face, or random design. Then, apply the tape, step back and watch the mess your kids make as they paint the pumpkin. While the paint is still wet, remove the tape to reveal the design.
2. Polka-dot Pumpkins
Craft paint and a steadier hand are best for this pumpkin decorating idea, so save it for the kids who are less likely to get paint all over themselves.
Wait, does that kind of kid exist?? 🙂
Anyway, all you need is craft paint in assorted colors and stencil pouncers, which are essentially round foam paint brushes.
Just pounce and paint your way to a polka-dot pumpkin!
3. Stringy Spider Web Pumpkin
Bonus! Free Printable Pumpkin Decorations!
I created a set of free printable Halloween silhouettes (using my favorite tool, PicMonkey) for you and your kids to enjoy! Just print, cut, and paste onto your pumpkins. The printables are available exclusively to email subscribers, so sign up, join the fun, and get access to these printables plus several others!
I hope you enjoyed these pumpkin decorating ideas for kids! What are you favorite ways to decorate pumpkins? Share your ideas in the comments below!