Glow in the Dark Drip Paint Pumpkins

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I am all about the experience.

Add to that, I love creating memories as a family.

My kids pull books of pictures from the past off of our shelves and relive memories and milestones.

It melts my heart.

This year, we are carving pumpkins, but I wanted to try something a little different.

I mean, with all of these boys we need different ways to experiment with pumpkins, right?


I found some glow in the dark acrylic paint at the craft store.

We grabbed a couple of pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. I have visited this pumpkin patch since my oldest son was about 3 years old. We have pictures of us at this very pumpkin patch over the years as we visited with friends. Memories…. I love them!

We grabbed some Bounty to clean up the messes we knew we would make. We set everything up on a folding table in the front yard.

Then we got busy being creative.



I’ve seen the melting crayon drip paintings, but I thought it would be fun to do the same idea with paint.

With Halloween being around the corner, glow in the dark seems perfect for the season.

One pumpkin did not have a stem. It was a bit harder to get the paint to drip, but once we got enough paint on it the dripping began.


We layered the colors one right over the other.

We used paper towels to clean up the messes as we went along. Bounty is more absorbent, so the roll can last up to 50% longer! This means less trips to the store for me.

Messes, but memorable!


The pumpkin with the stem was easier to get it going with the drip.

You literally just squirt the paint right onto the stem and it starts to “drip”.


We let them dry outside over night. Within 24-36 hours they were safe to touch and move.

Obviously, this time frame is going to depend on how cool it gets overnight at your house.

These pumpkins added the perfect touch to our front porch this time of year.

I love that they will keep longer than a carved pumpkin, too.


What are some of your favorite memories to make or milestones you always want to make sure you capture this time of year?


This post is sponsored by Bounty. All ideas and opinions are my own. 


  1. Those are so artistic!! They will look fantastic on Halloween light! I love how you didn’t have to dig through the guts to get this pumpkin done!

  2. mary springer says:

    thank you so much for posting this as I had seen another post I really liked butt in order for it to work you had to have a black light ….bummed! And you I wanted to use paint too! Now I am off to get the glow in dark acrylic paints! I watch your posts a lot and look forward to getting to know you more..I have just started launching my first blog Four Kids and A Cat..but not quite ready yet. Take care and enjoy your family time..its the best!

  3. I love this idea, very clever. It looks wonderful and like so much fun to do with the kids!

  4. Shaney Maharaj says:

    This is such a clever idea. I think it will look so awesome and get all the kids so excited. My daughter would love this.

  5. That looks like a lot of fun. My girls would have a great time doing this. I’ll have to do this next year with them.

  6. It’s so cool and fun! I bought pumpkins a couple days ago and I painted a few of them with glow in the dark paint. They came out great!

  7. That is so cool! And way much easier to do than carving a jack-o-lantern. 🙂 Thanks for the idea!

  8. Or combining with a already carved jack o lantern for a really killer decoration.

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