Halloween is obviously one of the best times of the year—and October isn’t complete without carving up a pumpkin. ????

But we all know that carving can be a little complicated, so we’ve come up with ways to forgo that traditional form of decorating. ????

Scroll below to get in the true spirit of the holiday with these crazy cool ideas.

1. Glitter Pumpkin

Because is it really holiday season without glitter? It’s just what you need to improve any DIY project—pumpkins are no exception. Get the full instructions HERE.

glitter pumpkin

(via Two Sisters Crafting)


2. Cat & Ghost Pumpkin

Paint it black, real black. We love the endless possibilities that come with painting a pumpkin instead of carving it. Making it into a cat or ghost are just a few ways you can go with it. Read the painting instructions HERE.

cat ghost pumpkin

(via Real Simple)


3. Puffy Paint Pumpkin

If black is just a hair too somber for you, it’s time to bust out the colorful puffy paints. Create whatever intricate designs your heart truly desires. Get the full guide HERE.

puffy paint pumpkin

(via Alisa Burke)


4. Skeleton Pumpkin

Okay, this one may or may not fall under the category of carving, but how could we resist the adorable results? It’s just the right amount of clever and creative that will take your porch pumpkin up a notch this year. Read the step-by-step instructions HERE.

skeleton pumpkin

(via The Design Confidential)


5. Glow-in-the-Dark Pumpkin

Because we live for glow-in-the-dark anything, how could we leave this rad idea off the list? Up the stakes by covering your pumpkin with some neon-colored paint. Trick or treaters won’t even know what hit ’em. Follow the step-by-step tutorial HERE.

glow-in-the-dark pumpkin

(via iLoveToCreate Blog)


6. Flower Sash Pumpkin

In our opinion, the more flower power, the better. That being said, what better place for a floral sash than on a pumpkin? You can even keep this one around the house right through November, it’s just that cute. Read the full how-to HERE.

flower sash pumpkin

(via Good Housekeeping)


7. Rhinestone Studded Pumpkin

Much like glitter, rhinestones add the extra necessary pizazz for the perfect Halloween pumpkin. Bedazzle for days with these spooktacular pattern ideas HERE.

rhinestone pumpkin

(via Good Housekeeping)


8. Lace Pumpkin

Dress your pumpkin up in something a little more sophisticated with this oh-so-adorable and easy hack. Add a little dark paint for extra wow-factor. Go crazy in the spirit of the holidays. Follow the full instructions to craft these lovelies HERE.

lace pumpkin

(via Pass the Sushi)


We imagine you’re pretty set on pumpkin decorating after this, but if you decide to stick with a classic carving after all, you’ll want to read THESE hacks that will take your skills to a whole new level.