Best 10 No-Carve Pumpkins for Halloween

By: iTopTopics Staff

Carving pumpkins might be difficult tasks for younger kids to join in this Halloween fun tradition. Alternatively, kids of all ages can decorate their own pumpkins with just some simple craft tools without carving, without the risk of getting injured and especially without the mess. We have gathered the top ten simple, adorably spooky pumpkin designs for you to get in the Halloween spirits this year with your kids.

1. Candy Corn Pufferfish Pumpkin

Candy Corn Pufferfish Pumpkin

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Though this project does not require any carving, an adult supervision is recommended due to the tight space of the candy corns being hot glued close to each other.

What you need:

- Depending on the size of your pumpkin, you might need two or three bags of candy corns for this project.

- A couple scary looking eyeballs

- Red giant plastic lips

Hot glue the eyeballs and lips on the front face of the pumpkin. Start attaching the candy corns to the pumpkin with hot glue; make sure the candies are as close to each other as you can to create the puffer fish spikes. Cut a piece of orange poster board the shape of a blowfish tail. Glue the tail to the back of the pumpkin. Now all you need is a sign warning your trick-or-treaters not to pick the candy corns out from the puffer fish or else …

2. Hop-On-Pop Pumpkins

Hop-On-Pop Pumpkins

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This design can be very flexible with how many pumpkins you would like to stack together. For safety reason, it is best to go with three pumpkins. If you add more pumpkins, make sure you secure them with strong dowels to attach the pumpkins together.

What you need:

- Three pumpkins without stem. To stack them well, choose pumpkins with flat tops and bottoms. The bottom pumpkin should be biggest to support two smaller ones.

- Faux hair for the pumpkin Pop

- A large braided yarn, tied at each end with ribbons for the pumpkin daughter’s hair

- A cute kid hat for the pumpkin son

Start stacking them in this order: large pumpkin pop at the bottom; then hot glue faux hair to pumpkin pop. Stack the daughter pumpkin onto pop pumpkin. Wrap the braided hair around the loop between two pumpkins. Finally, stack the smallest pumpkin son on top; add the hat to the pumpkin; you can secure the hat by hot glue it to the pumpkin. Use acrylic paint or craft paint to draw the faces for each pumpkin. Or simply use Halloween face pumpkin stickers to create the looks you like.

3. Halloween Animal Pumpkins

Halloween Animal Pumpkins

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This project requires a few layers of patterns of different colors glued on. Though it might be a bit more time-consumed than other Halloween no-carve pumpkin decoration projects but the final result is definitely spot-on adorable, fun and spooky.

What you need:

  • 4 pumpkins total: 2 pumpkins for the fox (1 smaller than the other), 1 for the cat and 1 for the owl
  • craft felts in Fall colors: 2 shades of yellow, 2 shades of orange, 3 shades of brown, black
  • Big googly eyes
  • Craft tools

4. Porcupine Pumpkins

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This porcupine pumpkin is a good project to keep kids working together as group. They can take turn to place the toothpicks into the pumpkin.

What you need: Oblong pumpkins with a short stem, lots of toothpicks, paints

Steps to create it:

  • Use craft paint to paint the pumpkin dirt brown color. Color a lighter shade of earth brown color around the stem to frame the face. Use black or dark brown paint to paint the eyes.
  • In a plastic cup, pour out some brown paint. Dip the toothpicks halfway to the brown paint. Let them dry.
  • In another plastic cup, pour out some white paint. Dip the unpainted halves of the toothpicks to the white paint to create half-brown, half-white toothpicks.
  • Once the painted pumpkin & toothpicks are dry, start inserting the brown ends of the toothpicks into the pumpkin, front to back.

5. BB-8 Pumpkin

BB-8 Pumpkin

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If you have a Star Wars fan in the house, this pumpkin design will be a hit. We found this design from Disney family website but their design requires some simple carving. We will show you how to skip the carving and just paint the pumpkins based on the pattern.

What you need:

  • 2 pumpkins, one big and one smaller
  • Painter tapes in different sizes
  • Acrylic paints in orange, black & white


  • Coat pumpkins with white paint and let dry.
  • Once the pumpkins are dry, trace the patterns onto the pumpkins with a ballpoint pen. Paint according to the patterns. Use different size of the painter tapes to avoid paint bleeding to other areas.
  • Stack small pumpkin on top of the big one. Use a dowel to go through the pumpkins to secure them.

6. Pikachu and Pokeball Pumpkins

Pikachu and Pokeball Pumpkins

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The Pokemon frenzy might be over for some but many others still turn their heads at the sights of that cute yellow Pikachu and the red & white Pokeball. The original pumpkin designs we found at happinessishomemade are adorable and pretty simple to make.

What you need:

  • 2 Lumina pumpkins, choose a round pumpkin for the Pokeball and an oblong shape for Pikachu.
  • Acrylic paints in black, white & red.
  • Painter tapes
  • Cardstock for the tail & ears.
  • Clear gloss spray paint (optional)

Steps to make the Pokeball:

  • If you want a bright white rather than the off-white color of Lumina pumpkin, then spray paint the entire pumpkin white. Let it dry before doing anything else.
  • Sketch out the Pokeball circles to the front of the pumpkin. Paint the circles blacks with white circle in between as shown in the picture.
  • Tape a horizontal line around the circumference of the pumpkin; leave out the center circles.
  • Paint the top part of the pumpkin red. Let it dry. Remove the horizontal tape.
  • Paint the black horizontal line all around the pumpkin at the center, leave out the center circles. Use painter tapes to tape the top and the bottom of the black line to get a clean black line.
  • To get a shiny Pokeball, spray the clear glossy paint all around the pumpkin.

Steps to make the Pikachu:

  • Spray paint an oblong pumpkin with a bright yellow paint. Let it dry.
  • Sketch the Pikachu face with eyes, nose, mouth and rose cheeks. Color paint the facial details.
  • Cut the ears and tails, paint ears & tail yellow; paint the tips of the ears black. Use hot glue gun to attach them to the pumpkin.

Now you have a set of cutest duo on the block. Just hope the trick-or-treaters will not use that pokeball to catch some legendaries.

7. Disney Pinocchio Painting Pumpkin

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The long stem of a pumpkin can be incorporated into Halloween pumpkin designs beautifully, such as in this Pinocchio painting pumpkin we found from You can get a free Pinocchio template from

8. Minion pumpkins

Minion pumpkins

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These Minion pumpkins are absolutely adorable with different facial expressions. In this design, the Minion’s googly eyes are made out of the bottoms of soda cans. You can draw and paint the eyes to skip the cutting part of the soda cans. However, with painting the eyes, you will not get the same 3D effect as this design does. For step-by-step instructions, check out craftymorning.

9. Skully Pumpkin in Stitches

Skully Pumpkin in Stitches

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Halloween decoration will not complete without some scary factors. A ghostly white skull will definitely add some scare to trick-or-treaters. Here is a spooky design from Hallmark for you to try:

What you need:

  • A Lumina pumpkin
  • Black wires
  • Craft glue
  • Black glitter

Sketch out the eyes and the mouth. You can paint the eyes and mouth black, apply glue on them and cover black glitter over the eye and mouth areas. Alternatively, if you like to create the exact same look as in the picture, use a melon scraper to scrape the eye & mouth areas. Apply the glue & glitters on the scraped areas. Insert the black wire cuts over the mouth as shown in the image to make it look like stitches.

10. Frankenstein Pumpkin

Frankenstein Pumpkin

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Another must-have scare factor for Halloween is Frankenstein. The terrifying look of a green head Frankenstein contrasting the dark night will give chill to passersby.

What you need:

  • An oblong pumpkin
  • Small gourd for the ears
  • Acrylic paints in green & black
  • Green adhesive glitter craft foam for eye lids
  • Craft tools

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