So this year I could not be bothered carving out a real pumpkin, especially when Ivy is too wee to even care if we have one or not, so I decided to take a shortcut.
I bought a paper pumpkin out of Hobbycraft, one of the ones that you're supposed to decoupage or paint, and decided to just paint it and that way at least we always have a pumpkin when Halloween rolls around.
I just painted him plain orange and added some orange glitter around his features and all over the stalk (and all over the sofa and the rug...whoops!).
These guys take the little LED tealights you can buy so they are nice and fire safe, but you still get the nice spooky glow with them.
Even with two coats of orange paint, you can still see the brown shining through in some places, but he does the job and makes the place look a bit spookier. He maybe could have done with a priming coat first to try and cover up the brown.
Though I have no doubt when Ivy is a bit older we'll be back to carving the real pumpkins to get into the Halloween spirit!