Best Pumpkin Ideas (Updated For 2018)

Create the ultimate design this fall with this list of pumpkin ideas.  Time is winding down, so get in here and get the inspiration you need to make 2018 a success.

To get the ideas flowing, first let's go over the different types of designs you can do. To make the most of this list, run through it and pick which type interests you the most, and go from there.

pumpkin ideas for everyone

Halloween

There are so many possibilities! Really, any of the ideas you see below will serve as good inspiration. Glowing designs and character cutouts are two of the most popular ideas this year.

Spooky Tree

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Once you've mastered traditional jack-o-lantern faces, why not try a more detailed scene like a tree with it's own face? To make your tree stand out you'll want to cut out an open backdrop to let light accent all of your trees limbs

Spooky Tree

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Once you've mastered traditional jack-o-lantern faces, why not try a more detailed scene like a tree with it's own face? To make your tree stand out you'll want to cut out an open backdrop to let light accent all of your trees limbs

Spooky Tree

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Once you've mastered traditional jack-o-lantern faces, why not try a more detailed scene like a tree with it's own face? To make your tree stand out you'll want to cut out an open backdrop to let light accent all of your trees limbs

THANKSGIVING

Pumpkins are an awesome decoration for all of fall, and not just Halloween. You can do fall designs by gluing watercolored leaves to your pumpkins. Or spray paint them metallic for a more sophisticated decoration that shines in light, and would work great as a centerpiece for your thanksgiving dinner table.

Candle

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Candle

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Candle

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GLOW-IN-THE-DARK

One of the biggest trends in pumpkin designs involves using glow in the dark paints to create a candle-less design. Krylon has a spray paint that glows, and there's also phosphorescent fabric paints that work great too. By using your own stencils you can create intricate multi-colored pumpkins that will surely impress.

Inspired design

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The pattern gives it an aztec look - as if it came from an ancient civilization, appearing only over halloween, like a mysterious relic. Ok, maybe that's a bit much of a description, but it sure is neat!

Inspired design

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The pattern gives it an aztec look - as if it came from an ancient civilization, appearing only over halloween, like a mysterious relic. Ok, maybe that's a bit much of a description, but it sure is neat!

Inspired design

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The pattern gives it an aztec look - as if it came from an ancient civilization, appearing only over halloween, like a mysterious relic. Ok, maybe that's a bit much of a description, but it sure is neat!

STACKED

Stack those mini pumpkins on top of each other to create a sophisticated piece. Some people do atypical designs like snowmen. Others will do characters or paint elongated objects like trees.

Stack-O-Lantern

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Stack-O-Lantern

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Stack-O-Lantern

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SPRAY PAINT

This carve-free alternative allows you to have pumpkins that look stylish with little mess. Apply a coat of paint to your pumpkin and let it air dry. Next, tape on a stencil of your choosing and use a contrasting paint to create a spooky silhouette.

Candy Corn

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Candy Corn

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Candy Corn

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HAND PAINT

You can paint a number of designs using a brush and paint. The only thing limiting you here is your level of interest and creative talent. Paint faces you would normally carve out, or try patterns such as stripes or zig-zags.

Letters also work great if you have enough pumpkins to spell something out. Fun, season specific words like "Boo" and "Trick or Treat" work well, as do your families last name as a seasonal welcome sign.

Neon Drip

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Neon Drip

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Neon Drip

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UNIQUE

The easiest ways to make your design unique and your own is to bridge the gap between the pumpkin world and an outside influence. Look to other designs done in other crafting hobbies, and draw from it inspiration you can use to make yours unique. Ideas like turning it into a creature with it's own skin are interesting. For instance, you can glue feathers on it and turn it into a type of chicken.  Any texture you can apply to it will make it different than the standard old boring design. Try off-brand colors unusual for Halloween. Add a hat or hair by gluing on strips of costume hair. Or, add legs and turn it into a spider.

Wire Spirals

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Wire Spirals

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Crayon Melt

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NO CARVE

No carve designs typically involve pinning or painting. Pinning is when you add a pre-made design to your pumpkin by pinning it to it. Some people have crafted metal swirls that are then stuck into it. You can also apply strips of material to it as a design, or tattered material to create a mummy. Drawing on eyes or designs with colored sharpies is a great way to do what many would carve into their pumpkin -but without the mess.

Golden Doily

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Golden Doily

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Golden Doily

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CUTE

Squinty eyes and big smiling grins work for cute. Other lovable things like dogs and cats work too.  Paw prints tracking around your pumpkin is something worth considering. Or, how about a Disney character or silhouette of a cute scene? A bow can go a long way if your pumpkin is female.  Coveralls over a stack of pumpkins with the head of a happy farmer works great too. A smiling face is a big part of pulling off a cute design.

Sunflower

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Sunflower

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Pumpkin Babies

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FUNNY

For laughs, try anything that captures a funny human emotion or situation if you want to go so far as to create a set or theme. Everyone has a different sense of humor, so some ideas may not be best if you want mass-appeal. Things like sticking out tongue is relatively safe, while a pumpkin munching on a fake human leg or arm will fit others sense of humor. Overly large teeth or eyes can give your face a comical appearance.

Hamburger

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Hamburger

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Ron Swanson

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KID-FRIENDLY

Sometimes you just need something simple the kids can do. For those times, try the easy to apply things - like colored sharpies and glow in the dark fabric paints. These things can be applied easily, even by a kid. You can also try gluing on googley eyes using a child-safe glue like elmers glue.

Painted Smiley

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Painted Smiley

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Winged Bug

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Character

How about a silhouette of your favorite movie or tv character? Memes also make a great option, as they are more easily translated to carving design.  Character designs will take smaller knives to work the edges of your design.

Monsters

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Monsters

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Monsters

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SMALL

Small pumpkins take less time to carve and come with less mess. You can drill holes into these to make letters, or carve out tiny faces. A bundle of them can be used to create a fun set or theme. To make a set with these you will need a centerpiece or focal point for them to react too.  The focal point could be a giant pumpkin scaring off the smaller ones.

Winged Bug

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Winged Bug

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Winged Bug

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EASY

The easiest pumpkin design idea is spray painting one. This takes no time at all to do and looks great. Black and white are two colors that fit Halloween best.

Easy Eyes

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Easy Eyes

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Easy Eyes

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BREAST CANCER

With all that foot traffic coming to your door, why not take advantage of the opportunity to spread a message by supporting a cause like breast cancer awareness? A simple ribbon cutout will do. There are a lot of causes you could bring attention to other than breast cancer, so if you are passionate about something, consider searching for a matching cause to dedicate your pumpkin design to.

Breast Cancer Hope

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Breast Cancer Hope

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Breast Cancer Ribbon

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