Growing up, it was rare to find a carved pumpkin on our porch. This wasn't because our family didn't celebrate Halloween, but because mom and dad were handier with a paintbrush than a knife. Aside from more control over your design tool, painting offers the added benefit of a longer shelf life, enabling some pumpkins to last clear through 'til Thanksgiving.

From basic black and white to a doiley design, Better Homes and Gardens offers 23 different painted options, all with easy instructions for the non-crafty among us.

Sure, we won't miss the goopy hands and messy table, but the roasted pumpkin seeds are definitely a casualty of going with this option. Have you ever given up carving for painting? If so, what were the results?