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    Decorating a pumpkin for Halloween has been a long tradition that originated from hollowed out turnips being used to cradle candles for commemorating souls in purgatory. The most familiar form of this tradition is the carved-out pumpkin lit with a candle to create a jack-o'-lantern. Nowadays, decorating a pumpkin for Halloween can take many forms other than a candle-lit jack-o'-lantern. This article will examine some of these other alternatives.


    If decorating a pumpkin for Halloween by adding some kind of face to it is your desire, there are a few ways to go about it without carving. The first thing to do is create a design or use an already made design. Then transfer the design to the pumpkin either by cutting out the pattern and drawing around it. Or place transfer paper between the pumpkin and the design and trace the design with a pencil. A third method is to create a transparency of the design, project it onto the pumpkin and trace the design with a pencil or marker.


    The next step in decorating a pumpkin for Halloween can take several different avenues. You can decide to use enamel paint. First, paint the liner black and let dry. Then, paint in the outlined areas with the designed colors. Another possibility is to paint the design on the pumpkin using metallic fingernail polish. If you aren't particularly keen on using paint, you can color the pumpkin using permanent markers.


    You can also try decorating a pumpkin for Halloween using pins. Once you transfer the design to a pumpkin, press black push pins into the pumpkin following the outline. Use other colored push pins to fill in the outlines or just use all black push pins or simply stop with only the outlined design. You can also cut design pieces from crafting foam, construction paper, flocked paper or felt and pin them in place on the pumpkin.


    Using glitter is another way of decorating a pumpkin for Halloween. After transferring the design to the pumpkin, paint within the lines with clear drying white glue or decoupage medium and sprinkle it with glitter. To use more than one color of glitter, allow one area to dry before applying another color. To finish, you can outline the design with glue and sprinkle with black glitter.


    An example of decorating a pumpkin for Halloween using glitter can be seen in the project photo of a glittered pumpkin basket in Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday. For this project, a 10" artificial carvable pumpkin was used rather than a real pumpkin. First, the facial features were transferred onto the pumpkin. Then the facial features were recessed slightly by cutting away a thin layer of outer skin. Tangerine paint was applied to the entire outer surface of the pumpkin, and then the facial features were painted. Finally, color matched glitter was applied to each painted surface.


    Decorating a pumpkin for Halloween using vegetables is another way to create a face on a pumpkin without carving. Get a large pumpkin and stick on various vegetables with toothpicks to create a face: Curly lettuce makes great hair - use lots of it, zucchini slices pinned flat for the eyes (with raisins as pupils); a green bean for the mouth (or use white beans for the teeth - glue them across the front); a beet for the nose (or a chili pepper with the curve going down); and baby squash for ears. (Brokaw & Gilbar, 14)


    Try decorating a pumpkin for Halloween using these ideas for adding facial features without carving. Jack-o'-lantern faces on pumpkins is a common Halloween image, but it can be accomplished in uncommon ways to give your pumpkin a different personality. Just remember, since there is no inner light with these techniques, the pumpkin will need some exterior illumination for the face to be visible.

    Sources:

    1. ---.50 Boo-Tiful Full-Size Halloween Patterns And 100 Tricks For Using Them. Better Homes & Gardens, 2002.
    2. Brokaw, Meredith and Annie Gilbar. The Penny Whistle Halloween Book. Fireside, 1989.
    3. ---.Hocus Pocus! Halloween Crafts For A Spooktacular Holiday. Martingale & Company, 2003.
    4. Lyons, Charlotte. Mary Engelbreit's Autumn Craft Book. Andrews and McMeel, 1996.
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