It’s hard not to associate the witch party with the iconic Halloween pumpkin sculpted with haunting faces. It can be found in different sizes, colors and shapes the famous pumpkins complement with creativity the decoration of indoor and outdoor areas.
Thinking about it, if you’re looking for inspiration to use the halloween pumpkin in your decor, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we at Viva Decora have prepared a special content that will certainly help you in the creation of beautiful decorated environments for this celebration. Check it out!
What does the pumpkin mean for Halloween?
Contrary to what many people believe, although Halloween (celebrated on October 31) has a tradition marked by American culture, the celebration of this date has European origins but specifically Irish origin.
According to the customs of the time, sculpting faces in pumpkins and adding candles inside made it possible to light the path of their houses and thus drive away evil spirits.
What’s the name of the Halloween pumpkin?
You could say that the most popular name for the Halloween pumpkin is Stingy Jack, or Jack-o’-lantern, which in free translation means “Jack with the flashlight”. But who was Stingy Jack, anyway?
According to legend, Jack was an Irishman who loved to play tricks on people who crossed his path. One night, however, Jack found himself in the presence of the Devil, who came with the purpose of taking his soul to hell.
Very cunning Jack invited the devil for one last beer before he died. When he finished, drunk Jack asked if the Devil couldn’t turn into a silver coin so he could pay the bill. And so the devil did.
However, instead of paying, Jack put the coin in his pocket next to the crucifix, preventing the Devil from returning to his original form. The condition for his release was that the Devil would not return for the next ten years. And so the devil did.
After ten years, the Devil returned and Jack convinced him to climb a tree and when it was on top, Jack positioned several crucifixes around the plant barring the Devil from descending. For his release, the Devil promised he would never take Jack’s soul to hell.
Many years later, Jack passed away and his entrance was barred both in paradise, for leading a sinful life, and in hell since the Devil fulfilled his old promise, giving him only a lantern.
In these conditions, legend has it that around the 18th century, the Irish started assembling similar lanterns using potatoes and beets and left them in front of the house to drive away the spirit of Jack and others. When the tradition arrived in North America, the Irish immigrants began to do the same with the pumpkins.
Creative ideas of halloween pumpkin decoration
As we can see, the Halloween pumpkin is an item not to be missed in Halloween decoration. Therefore, as a lot of creativity and mood it is possible to use the Halloween pumpkin in different ways in the environment. Check below some ingenious ideas for you to copy at home.
Decorated entrance door
Pumpkins can decorate the facade of houses in different ways. In the image below, the pumpkins have been stacked in a harmonic way, even bringing an incredible contrast of colors. At the door, a beautiful and creative garland made with mini halloween pumpkins complement the decoration with charm.
Table decorated with Halloween pumpkins
Food and snacks are very welcome during the Halloween celebration. So, when setting the whimsical table in the ornaments and use and abuse of pumpkins to decorate the space. In the image below, the pumpkins were delicately painted and positioned on glass plates and trays.
Keep the temperature of the drinks inside the pumpkin
The versatility of pumpkins is certainly to fill the eyes. No wonder: on hot days the halloween pumpkin can become a creative cooler to cool the party drinks.
Creative sweets in pumpkin shape
Just like appetizers, desserts can’t be missed either, right? The tip is to innovate and turn ordinary sweets into real works of art like the sighing halloween pumpkin shape below.
How do you make Halloween pumpkins easy?
Now that you know how important the pumpkin is for Halloween, how about putting your hand in the dough, or rather, the vegetable and creating your own halloween pumpkin? Write down the necessary materials and follow the shared step by step.
How to make halloween pumpkin: Step by step
- 1 well rounded pumpkin
- 1 sharp knife
- 1 spoon
- 1 face mold
- 1 piece of paper towel
- 1 glass jar
- 1 light cord or flasher
How to make halloween pumpkin: Step by step
1. wash the pumpkin well and dry it;
2. Then, make a circular scratch on top of the pumpkin and puncture it with a sharp knife;
3. With the help of a spoon take everything from inside the pumpkin, leaving it as clean as possible;
4. Pass a paper towel inside the pumpkin to remove the moisture inside;
5. Take the face mould, place it on the pumpkin and mark the hollow spaces with the sharp knife point (make holes and delimit the image);
6. After delimiting the drawing, take the knife and cut the empty spaces, giving life to the mouth and eyes of the pumpkin;
7. Take the glass jar and wrap it with a light cord or blink;
8. Finally, put the glass jar with the lights on inside the halloween pumpkin.