How To Make Glow-In-The-Dark Pumpkins

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Halloween is just around the corner, and the clock is ticking on creating some fun Halloween decorations.

Glow in the dark pumpkins are a fun alternative to the hours spent cutting out intricate jack-o’-lantern designs on your pumpkins. They are simple, fun to create and will look adorable the night of the big event.

What You’ll Need

According to the I Love To Create blog, any pumpkins will do for this project—so the cheaper the better! If you opt for a real-live pumpkin you will just need to paint it white before you begin. Or, if you choose to go with a longer-lasting plastic pumpkin, you will still need to guarantee the neutral background unless of course you want to make life easier and buy white.

In addition to pumpkins and basic white acrylic paint as a primer for any non-white pumpkins you are painting, you’ll need glow-in-the-dark craft paint, which you can buy on Amazon (if you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get it for free in two days).

And, yep, that’s it. Seriously. This project is all fun with very little prep.

Create Your Design

The possibilities are endless here, but don’t get bogged down in the details. Even the simplest designs are sure to look great when you light them up. We love these designs from Hip2Save, below. They look hip yet simple enough for a kiddo to tackle.

Let Them Glow

Of course they will look wonderful out on the front porch at night but consider a black light to really let these pumpkins shine. Especially if you plan to keep them indoors.

Alisa Burke

If you’re into the idea of not having to deal with the mess of carving a pumpkin this year, check out this list of 16 cool ways to paint a pumpkin. Have other cool pumpkin decorating ideas? Share them with us on Facebook.

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Need some costume inspiration? Neil Patrick Harris and his family never disappoint. Check out some of their amazing family costumes through the years:

If you need inspiration for tasty foods you can make with pumpkins instead, we have a few ideas that go way beyond pumpkin pie.

If you’re a fan of toast, consider popping all of the ingredients for A Beautiful Mess’ pumpkin butter recipe in your slow cooker and let this simmer overnight. You’ll wake in the morning to a delicious fall spread for bread, pancakes and more.

A Beautiful Mess

You could also try making these delicious pumpkin cornbread muffins from Ambitious Kitchen.

Ambitious Kitchen

Or these decadent chocolate-covered pumpkin pie truffles from Purely Twins (yum!).

Purely Twins

What are your favorite fall recipe traditions?