How to Paint Vampire Pumpkins

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Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap

  • Sponge

  • Towel

  • White pumpkin

  • White acrylic paint (optional)

  • Pencil

  • Black and red acrylic paint

  • Paintbrushes

Painted pumpkins are decorative and colorful, and are a viable alternative to carved pumpkins, which rot quickly. Painted pumpkins will display for a longer period through the Halloween season. Paint a vampire face on any size or shape of pumpkin using simple craft supplies. Both adults and children will enjoy painting a Count Dracula pumpkin to display on your front steps or in the home for the holiday. With help and guidance from adults, pumpkin painting is a great option for children who are too young to carve to get into the pumpkin decorating activities.


Step 1

Place the pumpkin in a sink and wash with dish soap and a sponge with warm water to remove dirt. Remove and dry the pumpkin with a towel, and allow to air dry for at least an hour.

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Step 2

Use a white Lumina pumpkin, or paint the entire surface of an orange pumpkin with white acrylic paint. Allow to dry for at least one hour.


Step 3

Draw the hair of the vampire using a pencil and paint it with black acrylic paint. Draw a heart shape around the top front and down the center side of the pumpkin with the pencil. The top point of the heart will be the point of hair on the vampire's forehead. At the center side, draw pointed ears on the sides of the pumpkin. Then continue the hairline from the bottom of the ear to the bottom of the pumpkin. Paint the area and the entire back of the pumpkin with black acrylic paint.


Step 4

Paint the facial features of the vampire. Paint black circles for eyes. Paint black triangular-shaped eyebrows, extending slightly down in the center front to create a frightening expression on the face. Draw a pointy nose with black paint as an upside down triangular shape under the eyes. Draw a rounded line for the mouth using red paint, with creases at each end. Paint an outline in black of two triangular vampire teeth, near the center-front of the mouth, that point downward. Add a few splotches of red paint under the fangs to look like blood dripping.


Lumina pumpkins have white skin, rather than orange. They are considered a novelty pumpkin and can be difficult to find. Contact local pumpkin farms in your area to inquire about availability of Lumina pumpkins. If you cannot locate one to use, painting an orange pumpkin with white acrylic paint will work fine.

If placing the pumpkin outdoors for an extended period, spray the pumpkin with clear acrylic spray to seal and protect it.