The best way to paint your pumpkin would be to clean it with soap and water and leave it to dry properly. If you want your pumpkin to last longer then apply a sealant before you start decorating it. Acrylic paint works best on a pumpkin but with younger children poster paint will be ideal. You can get loads of free stencils and ideas online so just get creative. If you don’t fancy painting then you could try gluing on glitter, sequins, buttons or even ribbons for a really glamorous pumpkin. We’ve even tried melting wax crayons over them and dipping them in nail varnish.
To keep your carved pumpkin looking good for longer, keep it cool, bring it inside if it is pouring with rain and rub petroleum jelly or vaseline on the cut edges.