Outer Space Pumpkins.

While Halloween is my favorite holiday, I really don't enjoy carving pumpkins. It's the one tradition I have to push myself through for Violet's sake. I hold off as long as I can on the tortuous activity. That's why my favorite trend is the no carve painting option that allows you to have decorative pumpkins all season long without rotting and getting pumpkin guts all over yourself. 

I decided for this Halloween our pumpkin theme would be outer space as a tribute to the out of this world sci-fi classics. I went with a Star Wars, Dr. Who, Star Trek, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, X-Files and of course Killer Klowns from Outer Space.  

What You Need:

  • Pumpkins and gourds
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Optional- Glow in the dark spray
  • Sharpie
  • Tooth picks

How To Do It:

Coat your centerpiece pumpkin as a galaxy using spray paint in blues, purples and pinks. There is no pattern to this so don't feel too much pressure. Just lightly spray spots color after color until the pumpkin is almost covered. Go in with black spray paint and fill in spaces. Remember space is dark, but still very vivid. so don't go overboard on the black. If you need to, you can always spray more of the blues, purples and pinks over the black and vice versa. For stars the trick is to barely push down on the nozzle of the spray can letting it sort of lightly drizzle out. Go around the pumpkin using this technique. I covered this pumpkin the glow in the dark paint for extra pizzazz! 

For your Dr. Who Tardis pumpkin you will need to find a square shaped pumpkin. Spray paint the entire pumpkin blue and allow to dry. Using black acrylic paint on door, base of police box sign and box outline. Yellow in the upper windows of the doors and handle and add your black lines once dry. Paint lettering with white acrylic on the Police Public Call Box and add your white poster to the door slab under the window on the left hand side.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy pumpkin is turned upside down to give it a flatter surface. Spray paint the pumpkin white and add the emblem with black acrylic paint when it's dry. This one is super easy and one of my favorites.

I kept it pretty basic for my X-Files inspired pumpkin with a simple green painted gourd with the classic alien almond eyes. With black sharpie I wrote out "The Truth Is Out There." Mulder, Scully, this one's for you! 

Of course I needed to represent the Dark Side in space so I made this little pumpkin as my tribute. I turned the pumpkin upside down and painted the entire thing light gray. Once dry I outlined the "belly button" of the pumpkin with black acrylic paint. With a darker gray I went in and added random rectangle shapes and lines.

I am not a huge Star Trek fan, however Josh is so I made this gourd for him. First I spray painted it yellow and once dried I painted the emblem on with gray and silver. Outline the emblem in black acrylic and paint on ship detail.

OK, I know Star Wars has already be represented, but who can resist a Tie Fighter pumpkin?! You will need 3 mini pumpkins 1 being a little bigger for your ship. Spray the bigger one silver and detail the bottom circle in black acrylic. Spray paint the other 2 pumpkins black and with gray/silver outline 6 lines inside the natural curves in the pumpkin. Push in a toothpick through the stem of the wings into the ship pumpkin. Pew Pew Pew!

So, the truth behind this pumpkin was that I got a super warty gourd that I absolutely loved, but had no idea what to do with it. The bumps were going to make it hard design wise. I thought about just making it the meteor from Joe Dirt and painting it dark brown, but didn't think it would be as funny to me as it was to everyone else. Then it hit me, Killer Klowns from Outer Space. Those clowns were ugly and goofy and were right outside the box in weirdness. I could use the bumpiness for one of those hideous clowns.

Spray painted the gourd white then with pencil drew out my plan. Go around the bumps when you can, but don't be afraid to go over them. Remember these guys are not attractive! Once the outline is on paint the hair using red acrylic paints then moved on to the mouth and nose. With blue draw out the eye makeup. Once all the details are added outline everything with black acrylic. Paint on polka dots to match the clowns orange and pink outfit.