Glow in the Dark Pumpkins (DIY)

glow in the dark pumpkinsCarving a pumpkin (or other vegetable of choice – Turnip anyone?) has become a vital part of any Halloween celebration.

Thinking of a great design, carving the pumpkin, making delicious Halloween snacks with the by-products or just enjoying that roasted pumpkin smell as the candle heats it on All Hallow’s Eve – there is a lot to enjoy about the whole pumpkin experience.

But what if you don’t like carving? What if you don’t like cooking it? And what if you want to try something different this year? Well maybe Glow in the Dark Pumpkins will appeal to you.

Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

There are three key advantages of this approach. First it’s easier in that you don’t need to use a knife. Secondly, your pumpkin will last longer if it’s not carved. Thirdly, it does look very cool.
And in fact, you don’t even have to use a real pumpkin. You could use another object, or if you can get hold of one, a Fun-kin (www.funkins.com) which is basically a carvable artificial pumpkin – which we will feature fully in a post all by itself soon.

For the sake of this demonstration, lets imagine that you just want to turn a regular pumpkin into a Glow in the Dark Pumpkin.
There are a few different methods on the web for this, but we’ll stick to the simplest:

What you need


  1. Take the sticky back plastic and place it glossy side down. Use a pencil to draw some features for the pumpkin – mouth, eyes etc.
  2. Carefully cut out your design and remove the sticky plastic from the paper backing. Place the features in place on the pumpkin.
  3. Take the pumpkin somewhere well ventilated and place it on a disposable surface (something that you won’t mind painting by accident). Use the glow in the dark spray to coat the pumpkin, being careful to keep a good distance from it to prevent dribbling.
  4. Leave the pumpkin at least 20 minutes to dry.
  5. When you’re happy that it’s dry enough, carefully remove the sticky plastic. This should leave a neat pattern on your pumpkin.
  6. Now you just need to try it out. Using a dark space or a UV light (blacklight) check out your workmanship.

Other touches

You can also buy pots of glow in the dark pain, but it’s generally messier and more difficult to get an even coat with it.
Another approach is to use spray adhesive and glow in the dark powder, but a decent glow in the dark spray paint will save you all that work.

You could also use masking tape instead of sticky back plastic, although making intricate designs will be a lot more tricky.

A word of warning

It is work bearing in mind that the glow in the dark spray isn’t permanent and will rub off easily. So keep it clear of liquids and try not to move it about too much.

The best bit is that you can get very creative with designs. Take a look at the images below for some ideas.

glow in the dark pumpkins

Feel free to share your own Glow in the Dark Pumpkins with us on Halloween-errific

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Mr Halloween is the founder of Halloweenerrific. He lives for Halloween and pretty much spends the whole year in a perpetual Halloween, preparing for that all important night when everyone else celebrates it too. He loves cobwebs, skeletons and UV lights. He hates cheap, poorly made Halloween products.

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