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31 Days of 

31 Days of Pumpkins

a pile of colorful pumpkins

1. Know Your Pumpkins

Variety is the pumpkin spice of life! Be sure to incorporate lots of different gourds into your fall displays for various colors, textures, shapes and sizes.

mums and pumpkins

2. Mix with Fall Blooms

Create a perfect fall-scape with pumpkins and fall's favorite flowers like mums and asters! Get creative with different color schemes and heirloom pumpkins!

a tower of 3 pumpkins

3. Create a Topiary

Stack pumpkins and add moss to create a 3-tiered topiary!

succulents displayed on top of a white pumpkin

4. Add Succulents

Top an heirloom pumpkin with succulents for a long-lasting, attractive display for indoors or outside.

a white pumpkin decorated with decoupaged natural leaves

5. Decoupage a Pumpkin

Use clippings from your garden to create these gorgeous no-carve decorated pumpkins.

a child's hand painting a pumpkin

6. Paint Pumpkins

Let the kiddos get hands on with some paint and pumpkins. They'll last much longer than carved ones, so you can do this as early in the season as you like!

row of pumpkins painted with words

7. Send a Message

Painting gourds ain't just for kids. Create your own fun messages or even paint your house numbers on a stack of pumpkins for a cool seasonal display.
a scarecrow in a garden with a pumpkin head

8. Make a Scarecrow

Keep crows away from your cool-season veggie garden with a homemade scarecrow, complete with pumpkin head!

a front door decorated for halloween

9.  Decorate the Entryway

Bring in pumpkins, mums, hay bales, corn stalks, and Halloween decorations to kick off the spooky season.

wreath with mini pumpkins and leaves

10. Create a Wreath

Create all-natural door décor with a grapevine wreath decorated with mini pumpkins and gourds, pine cones, garden clippings, and more.

a decorative metal garden stake showing 3 pumpkins

11. Stake It Out

Garden stakes add another layer of seasonal interest to your garden beds and entryways.

a container garden accented with a small orange gourd

12. Update Container Gardens

Add mini pumpkins and gourds to your fall container gardens that are already filled with mums, ornamental peppers and more fall favorites.

a decorative Halloween flag next to a home's front door

13.  Fly Your Flag

A festive flag can added to the yard, a container, by the mailbox, etc. Start with Halloween then transition to a general fall or Thanksgiving flag.

a mantel above a fireplace with a clock, sunflowers and miniature pumpkins

14. Decorate the Mantel

Miniature pumpkins and gourds are a perfect autumn touch when clustered on the mantel or side tables.

a table setting with miniature pumpkins and fresh herbs

15. Set the Table

Set your fall tablescape with mini pumpkins, mums, fresh herbs, candles and more.

decorated pumpkins on a desk in an office

16. Decorate Your Office

Your love of pumpkins doesn't have to be limited to your home. Add some pumpkins to your desk for a fall vibe that'll give you life during all those virtual meetings.

an orange pumpkin planted with living flowers

17.  Make a Jack-o-Plantern

Cut the top off your pumpkin, fill with soil, and plant mums, ornamental peppers, pansies and more!

an orange pumpkin filled with cut flowers

18. Arrange Some Flowers

Instead of cutting off the whole top for a pumpkin planter, only cut out enough space for a vase, bowl or even tin can. Fit your vase into the hole, add water and create a fall floral arrangement.

a child's handing cutting orange paper into a pumpkin shape

19.  Go to School

Create some pumpkin-themed lessons to support your kiddo's school topics. Counting seeds, pumpkin life cycle, lettering, and investigation/observation are just a few ideas.

3 jack-o-lantern pumpkins on some steps

20. Carve a Jack-o-Lantern

Can't go wrong with a classic! A quick Internet search will produce tons of inspiration and new ideas for this year's jack-o-lanterns.

a pumpkin carved and etched into a smiling face

21. Etch a Pumpkin

Try the etching technique by carving away the top layer but leaving some of the lighter colored pumpkin flesh. It'll add dimension to your design and create a nice glow once lit.

pumpkin seeds on a wooden cutting board

22. Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Save the seeds from your carving session and roast them up with some olive oil and salt.

pureed pumpkin in a jar

23. Make Puree

Roast some pumpkin then puree the softened meat in a blender for fresh, homemade puree. Ready for desserts, soups, drinks, even baby food!

a cup of coffee and a pumpkin on a table

24. Sip a PSL

Make your own pumpkin spice latte with your fresh puree . YUM!

pumpkin pie

25. Bake a Pie

You don't have to wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy a homemade pumpkin pie!

a metal jack-o-lantern with a blue light and fog inside

26. Make it Foggy 

Use a small fog machine or dry ice to create a cool foggy effect in your jack-o-lanterns. Fogging decorative pieces are available for purchase, too.

children's hands making Halloween themed cardboard crafts

27. Upcycle

Create fun, one-of-a-kind fall and Halloween decorations by upcycling jars, wood scraps, cardboard tubes, fabric remnants and more.

a family of four carving some pumpkins

28. Have a Contest

Have a contest among your family members for the best decorated pumpkin. Winner gets bragging rights and maybe skips chore duty?

a baby wearing an orange pumpkin Halloween costume

29. Dress Up for Halloween

The classic pumpkin costume is so precious on babies and doggos.

a pair of hands holding some composted soil

30. Compost

Once your carved pumpkins start to decompose, add them to your compost pile to create nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.

an orange pumpkin on the vine in a garden

31. Grow Your Own

Save some seeds from your favorite pumpkins (or buy fresh seeds next year) and plant your own! Sow seeds in May or June to have pumpkins by October.