10 No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Carving pumpkins is a lot of fun… but it also tends to involve a lot of sharp objects and a huge mess. I remember finding myself carving pumpkins late at night with my husband after my toddlers were asleep because their attention span/impulsiveness/over excitement about all things messy made pumpkin carving less of a fun family activity than I had imagined. And while late night pumpkin carving since became a tradition for me and my husband, I like to get the kids involved with some decorating too.

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Here are a bunch of great ways you can decorate pumpkins with your kids that don’t involve sharp knives and hopefully don’t take a million hours.

No Carve Pumpkin Decorating Tips

Melted Crayon Pumpkins
Giggles Galore

Use real pumpkins or get some fake ones for a fun, drippy pumpkin.

glow In the Dark Pumpkins

Glow in the Dark Pumpkins
I Love to Create

These pumpkins are fun to make and help light the way to all the treats.

glow in the dark pumpkins 2

Glow in the Dark Pumpkins
Brit + Co

Want another way to make your pumpkins glow? Skip the paint and go for the spray.

mummy pumpkins

Mummy Pumpkins
Hands On As We Grow

Wrap your pumpkins up (they’ll last longer).


Disney Frozen Pumpkin
A Pumpkin and a Princess

Because frozen will never, ever, ever die.

 Tattoo pumpkin. No carve pumpkin ideas

DIY Flash Tattoo Pumpkins
Erica Brechtel

Get a little glittery with temporary tattoos and make boho style pumpkins.


 Confetti Pumpkin
Homey Oh My

Easy, fun, and the only thing being cut is the washi tape.


Mr. Pumpkin Head
Frugal Life Project

Mr. Potato Head just got an upgrade.


Bug Covered Pumpkin
The Kim Six Fix

This creepy crawly pumpkin kinda freaks me out.

stencil pumpkin

Painted Stencil Pumpkins
Handmade Charlotte

You can’t go wrong with some colorful paint and a few stencils.

What is your favorite no-carve decorating method? Share yours below!