10 Ways to Decorate Your Pumpkin — Without Having to Carve It

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There is nothing that screams Halloween more than pumpkins — or pumpkin carving, if we're being specific. And while these days I'm more likely to whip up a pumpkin-flavored dish or order a pumpkin spice latte than attempt to make a squash-centered DIY, pumpkin-decorating contests were a Halloween staple for me growing up. Each year, I'd decide what I wanted my pumpkin to look like and, with an excess of parental guidance, I'd set out to create my masterpiece. The result was fairly impressive, but looking back, I realize that I never made a classic jack-o'-lantern, just because the decorating possibilities that didn't require carving seemed limitless (and decidedly less messy).

It turns out my younger self may have been onto something. Pumpkins actually last longer if you choose not to carve them, so feel free to break away from your traditional, autumn-inspired decor, ASAP. You can even DIY some faux pumpkins, so you'll be Halloween-ready year-round. These 10 pumpkin-decorating ideas add a fall vibe to your home without looking too childish. And best of all? They're virtually foolproof. So get your hands on a nice orange squash and get crafting.

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