No-Carve pumpkin decor for Halloween is a great alternative, because you can decorate your real pumpkin now and have it through the holiday without it shriveling or rotting like a carved pumpkin. You can also use one of the artificial pumpkins, decorate it now and enjoy it this year, and for future Halloweens.
A Royal Halloween Pumpkin
Wandering through JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts, I noticed this gold crown Christmas tree topper. I knew I had to use this on a pumpkin. I used a set of metallic Sharpies, one silver, one gold and one copper to free-hand draw on the pumpkin. I drew swirls, hears, diamonds and tiny dots. This is a great project for children, letting them personalize their pumpkin with their own designs. I like the idea of adding a topper like the crown.