No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating

Black and White Halloween Decorations

Eerie and elegant Halloween décor isn’t just spooky window silhouettes and fall luminaries. While out at the pumpkin patch a few weekends ago, Tuesday S. and I stumbled upon a large bin of small white pumpkins. We loved how much of a change they were from the traditional Halloween Jack-o’-lantern. The solid white pumpkin seemed like a perfect blank canvas. No-carve pumpkin decorating designs would be a fun way to explore monochromatic fall colors and gothic Halloween ideas.


Halloween Craft Party

A week and twenty pumpkins later, we hosted a no-carve pumpkin decorating party with some of our talented Hallmark friends. A black and white Halloween theme was our focus. It was great to take a break from our work to doodle monochromatic color schemes for an hour and dream up designer pumpkins. Some artists were inspired by simple geometric patterns whiles others were inspired by black and white party ideas.


Pumpkin Painting Supplies

Painting white pumpkins turned out to be a super simple DIY Halloween craft. We hope you’re inspired to make this easy seasonal décor. Here are some materials we suggest you use to create black and white artwork:

  • black permanent markers
  • metallic permanent markers
  • black chalkboard paint
  • chalk pens
  • metallic paint
  • paper elements

No-carve pumpkin decorating: White pumpkins plus markers are all you need to make easy, elegant black and white Halloween decor.Stuck trying to come up with ideas? Take a look at our mark-making workshop.

DIY Halloween craft: Decorating pumpkins with black and white designs.

Drawing on white pumpkins with black markers.

Stacked pumpkins for black and white Halloween decor

Spooky Seasonal Ideas

Because the black and white pumpkins we worked with were on the smaller side, we especially loved how they looked clustered together. Monochromatic pumpkins make great Halloween centerpieces, eerie party decorations, and stacked pumpkins by your front door are perfect for welcoming trick-or-treaters.

Share Your Pumpkin Photos


We would love to see how you’re decorating Halloween no-carve pumpkins this fall. Tag us on Instagram @think.make.share or on Facebook.

Want more ideas? We are biiiiiiiiig fans of decorating pumpkins without making a mess. Check out the results of our matte pumpkin painting workshop and our blinged-out and extra-bedazzled gourds. And we’ve got more simple ideas using nothing but markers. Want to see all our Halloween stuff? Here you go.

All photos by Jane Kortright.


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  1. 10.4.18 | Reply
    Julia wrote:

    How cute are these!! I love them. Great idea to get together with friends and paint these beauties.