Above left: photo courtesy The Swell Life
Nothing says eye-catching like a little sparkle. Grab a can of metallic spray paint and give your pumpkin a nice even coat, leaving half an hour to dry. For an added graphic element, tape a festive stencil - maybe a skull, witch or black cat - onto the pumpkin before you paint.
A pro-star with the glue gun? Get gluing sequins, beads or buttons in a festive design or all-over for a glam pumpkin that really shines.
There's nothing wrong with getting tacky either - push metallic thumbtacks into the pumpkin for a shimmering effect that doesn't require you to get your hands dirty.
Once the kids have their costumes all set, get them to set their sights on the pumpkins. It's quick, easy and fun to dress 'em up in costume pieces from Halloweens past - hats, wigs, and fake moustaches look even funnier on a big orange gourd.
And if you've got a Mr. Potato Head in your kids' toy box, perhaps he'd lend some facial features to the cause.
Grab your craft supplies and get your kids cutting, pasting and sticking to create their own Jack-O-Lantern — no knives necessary.
With some acrylic paint, the kids can design their own character, spooky scene, or ... eyeball.
Or, paint the pumpkin with chalkboard paint first, and once dry, let the kids go at it with white chalk.
Above: photo courtesy Hands On: As We Grow
All you need is a roll of white crepe paper or some cheesecloth to wrap up a Jack-O-Lantern with a little ancient Egyptian flair. Start at the bottom, and work your way up to the stem, wrapping the crepe paper round and round, fastening to the pumpkin as needed.
Leave a gap a third of the way down the front of the pumpkin, where you can paste a pair of googly eyes to peer out at trick-or-treaters.
Super simple, all you need is some fake cobwebs from the dollar store to wrap around and take over the outside of your pumpkin. Throw on a few of the eight-legged plastic critters, and no one can blame you for not wanting to get close enough to carve!