Give Your Halloween Pumpkins A New Life By Painting Them With Your Grandkids

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Halloween has come and gone, but who says it is time to chuck those pumpkins? Au contraire, there are plenty of things you can do with these iconic gourds, like writing down what you are thankful for every day of November OR painting them!

Regarding the latter, it can be as relaxing or in-depth as you like, as pumpkin painting with your grandkids is a fun and easy-to-customize activity that you will both enjoy. 


  • Pumpkins
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Painter’s palette or disposable plates (to mix colors)
  • A cup of water (for rinsing brushes)
  • Paper towels or old rags (for cleaning brushes and accidental spills)
  • Protective covering for your work area
  • Sealant spray (optional for outdoor display)
  • Aprons or old t-shirts (to protect clothing)

1. Setup

Start by laying the protective covering over your work area, which makes for easy cleanup after your art session. Next, place all your painting supplies within easy reach.

2. Pumpkin prep

Ensure the pumpkin’s surface is clean and free from dirt by wiping it down with a damp cloth and letting it dry completely.

3. Plan your design

Before diving in, it’s a good idea to decide on a design, whether it be a traditional jack-o-lantern face, a spooky scene, or a beautiful autumn landscape. The sky’s the limit, so have fun with it!

4. Paint away

Dip your brush into the paint and start bringing your design to life while encouraging your grandchild to use their imagination and creativity! Mix colors on the palette to achieve the desired shades.

5. Let it dry

Once you and your grandkid are satisfied with the painted pumpkins, leave them in a safe place to dry. (Depending on how thick the paint is, this can take a few hours.)

6. Sealant spray (optional)

If you plan to display your pumpkin outside, consider using a sealant spray to protect the paint from the elements. If you opt for this, do this in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) and always follow the instructions on the can!

7. Display and admire!

Find the perfect spot for your painted pumpkin, a la the front porch for all the neighbors to see, or on the living room coffee table as a festive centerpiece.


Pumpkin painting is a delightful way to bond with your grandchild and foster their artistic abilities. Need I mention it’s a beautiful reminder of the time spent together every time you catch a glimpse of the vibrant creation? What are you waiting for? Grab those brushes and let the fun begin!

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