Halloween is coming up and it’s finally time to start planning this year's pumpkin! If you’ve got a little one who isn’t quite ready for the carving process, don’t miss out on these neat, carve-free pumpkin decorating ideas by fellow moms. There’s plenty of bedazzling and creativity to still be had — and yet a great deal of ease for parents in knowing that their tot will only be wielding a paintbrush or a glue stick for this year’s decked-out Halloween gourd!


Mess-free pumpkin decorating for toddlers by Modern Parents, Messy KidsMess-Free and Spooky-Cool

Featured on Seattle-based site, Modern Parents, Messy Kids, we love these ideas for creating mess-free jack-o-lanterns. Mama Steph explains that her family first hits up the pumpkin patch in early October and then they wait for a couple of weeks before her tots get busy with decorating their gourds (a perfect 2-for-1 family activity!).

To make these two beauties, Steph’s brood used sticky back foam sheets (Amazon; $5-6), that work much like stickers after you’ve cut out your chosen shapes. (She also recommends splurging on the glitter sheets for an extra sparkly effect!) However, Steph says that pre-made foam Halloween stickers found in the crafting section will also do the trick just as well (shown on the smaller pumpkin), depending on what your child has in mind.

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