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Decorating pumpkins and creating jack-o-lanterns is one of my favorite Halloween activities! I love to make pumpkin decorating all about my children and their choices, so I’m always on the lookout for trying new activities with pumpkins. Here are some pumpkin decorating activities you can do, even with young toddlers.

  • Glitter pumpkins
    I have tried a couple of ways to use glitter with pumpkin decorating. One way tops all others when it comes to easiness and effectiveness.

    • Glue
    • Glitter
    • Plate
    • Pumpkin
    • Paintbrush

    Using glue and a paintbrush, cover the pumpkin. Place your pumpkin on top of a plate and sprinkle glitter all over your pumpkin.

  • Painting pumpkins
    Painting pumpkins is another easy way for your children to decorate pumpkins without cutting them. Simply give your child paint and a paintbrush and let them get to work! Warning—painted pumpkins do not hold up well outdoors if you are in a climate with rain or frost (unless you use permanent paint).
  • Chalkboard painted pumpkins
    Read our how-to on making chalkboard-painted pumpkins! This is a great way for children to decorate their pumpkin over and over again. The possibilities are endless!
  • Sticker pumpkins
    Let your child pick out stickers to decorate a pumpkin with. This option is especially nice if you don’t care for a mess and have toddlers at home.
  • Carving pumpkins
    What is better than good, old-fashioned, jack-o-lanterns!? Not much! Here are ways to involve even the youngest of children (yes, even toddlers!) in the carving of jack-o-lanterns.

    • Let your child pick out his or her own pumpkin, no matter what shape or size it is.
    • Let your child scoop out the insides. This is a great sensory activity! Sure, it’s a little bit messy, but it’s a whole lot of fun!
    • If your child is old enough, have them draw a sketch of what they want their jack-o-lantern face to look like.
    • For younger children, draw a sketch together, asking your child what shapes to make features such as the eyes, nose and ears. Ask your child how many teeth the jack-o-lantern should have.