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Pumpkin Painting: This Halloween's Decorating Alternative


by Derek Blandford

Three things come to mind when I think of Halloween: trick or treat, costumes, and pumpkin decorating. Of the three, pumpkin decorating is my favorite.

Halloween crafts are limited in scope only by your imagination, but while most people choose carving as their method for pumpkin decorating, pumpkin painting may be a better alternative. Here's three reasons why.

First, pumpkin painting gives you the ability to add color to your creations. Unlike pumpkin carving where you are limited to the color of your pumpkin, pumpkin painting allows you to mix and match colors as much as you want to create the perfect pumpkin design. Paint on hair and clothes, add color to the eyes, draw in scars or other facial features, or do any number of other things that can help add life and character to your pumpkin. It's all about creating a unique personality for each pumpkin and painting can provide a dimension of color and contrast that carving doesn't.

Second, pumpkin painting tends to be safer than pumpkin carving because there are no sharp objects to deal with. When you have children in the house who are too young to handle sharp objects safely, pumpkin painting can be an excellent alternative to pumpkin carving, and most kids LOVE to paint. Also, you don't risk starting a fire like you might if you place a candle inside a carved pumpkin. Instead, try setting up some small spotlights or flashlights to highlight and show off your painted pumpkins.

Third, you won't have to deal with the mess of pulling out the pumpkin's innards. That mush seems to get everywhere. It gets on your hands, on your clothes, on the floor, in your hair, and it's just plain icky to deal with. Why create more hassle for yourself when you don't have to? Since you don't have to tear out the innards, your painted pumpkins will last much longer than their carved counterparts.

This Halloween when you are getting ready to decorate your pumpkin, consider giving pumpkin painting a try. It's a ton of fun and your pumpkins are sure to stand out from the crowd. Just be prepared when you see all your neighbors standing on your porch gawking at your festive creations.

About the Author

Derek Blandford co-owns a successful online splash page design company and is one creative son of a gun!

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