Pumpkins with different faces painted on the front and back are unique and expressive while pumpkins painted with glow-in-the dark paint provide a flame-free alternative to traditional jack-o'-lanterns for displaying after dark. Another option is to paint the pumpkins with glue and then sprinkle them with glitter.
Coating pumpkins with a sealer or varnish helps the paint adhere to the surface. Acrylic paints work well for creating faces or designs on top of the sealer. Using stencils or outlining the design with permanent marker helps younger children get the look they want. Applying masking tape in the shape of a face and then brushing the pumpkin with glow-in-the-dark paint is another technique that works well with young children. Remove the masking tape for an instant jack-o'-lantern face.