Painting Pumpkins with Glow-in-the-Dark and Neon Paints

Painting Pumpkins with Glow-in-the-Dark and Neon Paints

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One time I wrote about Unfortunate Children’s Art and how even though our children’s projects may not be perfect or go wild on a Pinterest feed, they are precious and beautiful to us because our children made them. I also shared several examples of my own art that I made as a kid that is terrible, but I love that my mom kept them and displayed them every year.

I’ve adopted the same spirit now that I’m a mom and I do really love what my children create. I wear the goofy jewelry they make or pick out for me and I do so with pride.

I like things nice and neat and Pinterest-y, but they are old enough now that I let them create on their own and I do not stifle the creativity because they LOVE doing it and they are proud of what they make.

Halloween pumpkins often last longer if you paint them versus carving. Try glow-in-the-dark and neon paints!


We painted pumpkins last Fall instead of carving them because I wanted to try something different. We have carved them in the past, but I always say I’m going to do something with the pumpkin guts and never do, and we live in the country, so the critters are far less likely to bother a whole pumpkin versus one that is carved.

The kids really loved painting them. I let them get messy and do whatever they want when they paint them and I enjoy painting them too.

We got back from picking out pumpkins after dark, so we painted them inside at the kitchen table.


I almost hated to paint them because they are so pretty on their own, but they really love to do it. We had 6 pumpkins total and 2 crazy looking gourds.

Painting Pumpkins

I didn’t have a tablecloth so I just took an old roll of Christmas wrapping paper, turned it inside out and rolled it across the table. Done.

christmas wrap tablecloth

Painting pumpkins with Neon and glow in the dark paints

It worked great.


We used a combination of neon and glow-in-the-dark paints so they would look cool during both day and night.


My little guy likes to take his time, so he painted the white pumpkin in a neon glow-in-the-dark green. He also painted the stem red and asked his brother to paint the face for him.

Painting pumpkins with Neon and glow in the dark paints

My husband and I painted too, we picked a few of the small ones and gave the rest to the kids. Mine is the one with the dripping pink, green and white glow in the dark colors.

Painting pumpkins with Neon and glow in the dark paints

Painting pumpkins with Neon and glow in the dark paints

Painting pumpkins with Neon and glow in the dark paints

My husband painted the blue one. He painted the word “Spoopy” on it. Yes, spoopy. It’s a word my husband said one year instead of “spooky” and it drove my oldest crazy so it’s sort of an inside joke.

Painting pumpkins with Neon and glow in the dark paints

Let Pumpkins Dry Overnight

The kids  were excited and couldn’t wait for them to dry so they could take them out to the porch. We let them sit overnight. Word to the wise on the Christmas wrap tablecloth: the pumpkins stick to it as they dry if paint touches the bottom, but it easily peels off.


It’s a nice tradition we have started that the kids really look forward to, and my oldest told his friends on the school bus to look for our pumpkins on the porch in the morning. Two thumbs up from this mama! Not unfortunate children’s art at all 🙂

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