Forget slicing a jack-o’-lantern’s mug into your pretty pumpkin. Instead, lightly etch a leafy pattern for festive yet elegant outdoor decor. 
Leafy Pumpkins How-To
Thomas J. Story, Sunset

Fall’s Foliage

Forget slicing a jack-o’-lantern’s mug into your pretty pumpkin. Instead, lightly etch a leafy pattern for festive yet elegant outdoor decor.

How-To: Leafy Pumpkins

 


Mini grocery store pumpkins are the main ingredient in this easy-to-assemble wreath. It’s an elegant alternative to your average jack-o’-lantern that can stay up through Thanksgiving. 
How-To: Easy Pumpkin Wreath
Laurey Glenn, Southern Living

Halloween Door Decor

Mini grocery store pumpkins are the main ingredient in this easy-to-assemble wreath. It’s an elegant alternative to your average jack-o’-lantern that can stay up through Thanksgiving.

How-To: Easy Pumpkin Wreath

 


Use neutral-colored pumpkins in shades of white and gray along with inexpensive upholstery tacks to create these decorative nail head pumpkins. 
Nailhead Pumpkins
Tim Street-Porter, Cottage Living

Nail on the Head

Use neutral-colored pumpkins in shades of white and gray along with inexpensive upholstery tacks to create these decorative nail head pumpkins.

Nailhead Pumpkins

 


A simple strand of lights and a simple pumpkin combine to create a spectacular decorative display. See how we created this twinkling pumpkin using some painter’s tape and a drill. 
Video: Twinkling Pumpkins
From MyHomeIdeas

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Pumpkin

A simple strand of lights and a simple pumpkin combine to create a spectacular decorative display. See how we created this twinkling pumpkin using some painter’s tape and a drill.

Video: Twinkling Pumpkins


Use our carving primer to make your homespun pumpkin look professional. 
Video: Pumpkin Carving 101
From MyHomeIdeas

Carving 101

Use our carving primer to make your homespun pumpkin look professional.

Video: Pumpkin Carving 101


The rich colors of green and orange pumpkins inspire a harvest centerpiece that is perfect for your fall table. Have it up and ready in three simple steps with our guide. 
3-Step Pumpkin Centerpiece
Brian Francis, MyHomeIdeas

Harvest Centerpiece

The rich colors of green and orange pumpkins inspire a harvest centerpiece that is perfect for your fall table. Have it up and ready in three simple steps with our guide.

3-Step Pumpkin Centerpiece


Oversize paper umbrellas and drinking straws up the fun factor of this tiki-carved pumpkin. Get 30 more interesting ideas for carving your pumpkin this Halloween at SouthernLiving.com. 
31 Halloween Pumpkins
Southern Living

Poly Pumpkin

Oversize paper umbrellas and drinking straws up the fun factor of this tiki-carved pumpkin. Get 30 more interesting ideas for carving your pumpkin this Halloween at SouthernLiving.com.

31 Halloween Pumpkins


Use a large pumpkin and a few pieces of copper tubing to create this creepy-crawly drink cooler. Southern Living’s editors show you how in this video. 
Watch the Video: Scary Spider Coolers
Southern Living

Creepy Crawly Cooler

Use a large pumpkin and a few pieces of copper tubing to create this creepy-crawly drink cooler. Southern Living’s editors show you how in this video.

Watch the Video: Scary Spider Coolers


Dress up window boxes and flower boxes with teeny-tiny jack-o’-lanterns mounted to plant dowels for the cutest Halloween display. 
How-To: Pint-Size Pumpkins & Blooms
Ralph Anderson, Southern Living

Pint-Sized Pumpkin Blooms

Dress up window boxes and flower boxes with teeny-tiny jack-o’-lanterns mounted to plant dowels for the cutest Halloween display.

How-To: Pint-Size Pumpkins & Blooms  

 

 


Glowing jack-o’-lanterns with your house number carved into them lets both trick-or-treaters and the mail man know you’re home. 
How-To: Pumpkin House Numbers
Rob D. Brodman, Sunset

Haunted House Numbers

Glowing jack-o’-lanterns with your house number carved into them lets both trick-or-treaters and the mail man know you’re home.

How-To: Pumpkin House Numbers 

 


Create a beautiful pumpkin display without picking up a carving knife. Large and small white pumpkins are complemented with an assortment of seedpods, leaves, and acorns. See other no-carving pumpkin decorative displays at Sunset.com. 
Beautiful Pumpkin A
Thomas J. Story, Sunset

Neutral Beauty

Create a beautiful pumpkin display without picking up a carving knife. Large and small white pumpkins are complemented with an assortment of seedpods, leaves, and acorns. See other no-carving pumpkin decorative displays at Sunset.com.

Beautiful Pumpkin Arrangements


With names that make them sound more like superheroes (Green Goblin and La Estrella) than pumpkin varieties, these four offbeat breeds are stealing the spotlight from your run-of-the-mill, ordinary gourd.    
Five Offbeat Pumpkins to Love
Thomas J. Story, Sunset

A Whole New Breed

With names that make them sound more like superheroes (Green Goblin and La Estrella) than pumpkin varieties, these four offbeat breeds are stealing the spotlight from your run-of-the-mill, ordinary gourd.   

Five Offbeat Pumpkins to Love


Gray-green pumpkin varieties and a few simple templates create this spooky scene. Pick up the October 2010 issue of Sunset to find out how to achieve the look.
Thomas J. Story, Sunset

Downright Batty

Gray-green pumpkin varieties and a few simple templates create this spooky scene. Pick up the October 2010 issue of Sunset to find out how to achieve the look.


Combine two of the holiday’s spooky characters—the jack-o’-lantern and the skeleton by creating this skull pumpkin. This design is no more difficult to create than any other pumpkin carving, just way scarier!  
Make a Skull Jack-o'-Lantern
From All You

Thick Skull

Combine two of the holiday’s spooky characters—the jack-o’-lantern and the skeleton by creating this skull pumpkin. This design is no more difficult to create than any other pumpkin carving, just way scarier! 

Make a Skull Jack-o'-Lantern


If you don’t want to bother with difficult carving and fleshy insides but still want a personalized pumpkin, paint a few vertical stripes down the sides. Or, pick up a white pumpkin and paint it using any colors you like for a truly unique Halloween displ
From All You

Personally Painted

If you don’t want to bother with difficult carving and fleshy insides but still want a personalized pumpkin, paint a few vertical stripes down the sides. Or, pick up a white pumpkin and paint it using any colors you like for a truly unique Halloween display.

Paint Striped Pumpkins


Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Cake
James Carrier, Sunset

Scary Delicious

It’s scary how good this cake is. Create a marbled centerpiece for your fall party by layering two batters (one flavored with pumpkin, the other cocoa) into a bunt pan. Simply draw a knife through the batters to create your own design.

Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Cake  

 

 


 Pumpkin Muffins
Karry Hosford, Cooking Light

Mornin' Punkin'

These spicy pumpkin muffins are good for a quick breakfast on the run or to include in bag lunches. A combination of brown sugar and granulated sugar in the recipe creates a crunchy topping that contrasts with the moist, tender muffins.

Recipe: Pumpkin Muffins

 


 Pumpkin Lasagna
Melanie Acevedo, Food & Wine

Italian Halloween

No need to roast fresh pumpkin for this dish (although you certainly could); using canned unseasoned pumpkin puree is much quicker, and it works just fine. Like most lasagnas, this one is easier to cut if left to set for ten minutes or so before serving.

Recipe: Pumpkin Lasagna 

 


Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits
Becky Luigart-Stayner, Cooking Light

Homemade Halloween

This is a great addition to any fall menu. While you can taste the flavors of pumpkin and spices, they won't overpower the flavors in your other dishes. The orange honey butter is so quick and easy to make and a great complement to the warm pumpkin biscuits.

Recipe: Spiced Pumpkin Biscuits  

 


Pumpkin Pie Shake
Howard Puckett, Cooking Light

Shake It up

Pumpkin pie in a glass?! Try it and believe it. This cold and creamy blended drink was a finalist in Cooking Light’s 2005 Ultimate Reader Recipe contest. Readers gave it top ratings, too. Canned pumpkin and ice cream mix with pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar for a refreshingly different take on a classic holiday flavor.

Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Shake  

 

 


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