October = pumpkin season! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin muffins… And of course, Halloween pumpkins around our homes at the end of the month.
Who remembers pumpkin carving when they were a kid? If you have children yourself, you might have done some pumpkin carving recently. Sticky seeds all over your hands, arm ache from holding the knife, having to start again when you get it wrong… Yuck! Pumpkin carving can be the scariest part of Halloween!
But don’t worry. This year, a stylish and spooky Halloween pumpkin can be yours with our guide to the best (and classiest) pumpkins around!
A lick of paint is key to a stylish and spooky pumpkin. Acrylic paints dry quickly and leave a lovely matte finish, but if a glossy look is more your thing then you might want to give them a coat of spray-on varnish once the paint’s dry. Paint a few small pumpkins in different complementary colors, then paint the stalks gold to look pretty and elegant. Add some studs to give your pumpkins a fashionable twist with a slightly edgy look.
If you’re more pretty and girly than rock ‘n’ roll, how about drawing lace patterns onto your pumpkins? Use a white pen to provide a gorgeous contrast to the bright orange color. Sure, it will require a little more patience than just painting one color – but what better way to spend a chilly Fall evening?
If you prefer a more muted color palette, combine painting and drawing! Here, these grey and white pumpkins have been decorated with an intricate lace pattern in white. Doesn’t it look amazing? Admittedly, this is one for those with more than just a few spare hours on their hands!
If you’re a bit pressed for time, this slightly easier idea should please grown ups as well as children. Here, oversized pumpkins have been painted completely black with the classic Halloween greeting painted on in large white letters. A great way to let little ghosts and ghouls know they’re welcome to knock on your door!
For a bit more glitz and glamour, how about a little touch of gold? This is super simple, easy and quick to do. All you need are some mini pumpkins or gourds, white paint and a gold marker! Paint them white, let it dry, then draw on some geometric shapes and fill them with the gold pen. These would look lovely as a decorative dinner table accessory.
And just in case you would still like to try your hand at carving, the following two ideas are a little different to the usual scary face carvings. The first has been inspired by the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos (The Day Of The Dead), whilst the second has been carved like an owl. Both super impressive!
Hopefully this has inspired you to start decorating some pumpkins! And after all, even if you don’t want to make a fuss out of Halloween this year, it’s always fun to get creative with the decor.
Have a spoooooky Halloween!