You can’t be at the beach to celebrate Halloween this year? Then bring the beach to you!
Give your pumpkins some coastal flair by trading in the usual Jack-O-Lantern carving for some beach-inspired carving.
Choose your favorite coastal elements and get to work. Lighthouses, palm trees, seashells, crabs, sand dollars and starfish are a few of the many ways to give your pumpkin that beachy look.
Image: Fine Art America
Take it up another notch by giving your pumpkins a sandy exterior. All you need is some spray adhesive, sand, and preferably a faux-pumpkin from Michaels or any local craft store. It's a bit easier to manage than a real pumpkin (but you can do that too, just choose a smaller one!), plus your coastal creation will last for many Halloweens to come.
If pumpkin carving isn't your thing, no worries. There are no-carve pumpkin coastal decorations you can try. You can still bring that beach feel by choosing to paint your pumpkins with a coastal color palette that includes beachy blues, sandy tans, coastal whites and pastel greens. (Chalk paint is perfect for that white-washed look on your pumpkins, by the way.) Add beach images to your pumpkin with paint by using nautically-themed stencils or channel your inner artist and paint freestyle. Check out these cute painted pumpkins for more inspiration.
And if it's not really your thing to decorate pumpkins, why not build one in sand ... but that's only if you're on the beach... because even Halloween, is better on the beach!