Carve No More :: 3 Alternatives to Pumpkin Carving


Halloween is my favorite holiday, but when it comes to pumpkin carving, I’m a bit of a scrooge. I confess in this safe space of non-judgmental moms: I HATE pumpkin carving. There. I said it. Bah-humbug!

The labor. The goop. The seeds that I’ll never roast and feel guilty about discarding. And all the anxiety that comes along with those carving tools. 

scooping pumpkins
Scooping out pumpkin guts? This mama says bah-humbug!

Y’all, I just can’t do it at this stage of my 4-year-old’s life. It’s too much for this mama. That doesn’t mean, though, that we can’t make some awesome pumpkins. Here are three ways to decorate pumpkins that don’t require carving tools but still make fun memories:


Painting is a favorite activity in our house, so pumpkin painting, as you’d imagine, is a huge hit. Flat paints are a great choice, especially for coverage of large areas, but last year we tried puffy paint, and we are never turning back! 

We chose neon and glow-in-the-dark paints so that our pumpkins were equally brilliant at night. Add some google eyes with liquid glue, and you have yourself an alternative jack-o-lantern!

painted pumpkins
Carving pumpkins is great and all, but have you tried painting them?

Using Stickers

You know those make-a-face stickers where your kiddo can choose eyes, a nose, etc. to put on a blank face? Well, they’re not just for making faces on paper — you can also make a pumpkin face! And the best part is you can often find pre-made sticker sets in the store (here’s looking at you Target Dollar Spot).

Just peel and stick – doesn’t get much easier than that!

Decorating Kits

For about $10 you can turn your pumpkin into a licensed character. The kits usually come with a head and arms and either legs or a chest piece. All you have to do is push the dowels into the pumpkin flesh — it’s kind of like Mr. Potato Head for pumpkins. What could be more fun than that?!

Got a Paw Patrol lover on your hands? Then this kind of kit is for you!

Are you a pumpkin carver, or do you prefer an alternative type of decorating?

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Cheryl Glantz Nail
The new mom of a baby boy, Cheryl Glantz Nail started her blogging and freelance writing career in 2008. She has written articles for several blogs and websites, including 24/Savvy and Shortly after moving to Columbia, she turned her love of content writing and social media into a career in communications, currently serving as the Community Relations Director for a local non-profit. Prior to this career change, she enjoyed 10 years in education, both in the classroom and as a curriculum developer. When she isn't in front of her computer or wiping up baby drool, Cheryl can be found curled up with a young adult novel and a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream, looking at cats on Instagram, or attempting to be artsy. She blogs at Take a Second Glantz (, trolls Pinterest for recipes she'll probably never cook, and sleep tweets during late-night feedings.


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