Halloween – The Appreciation of the Orange Pumpkins

Each year as we get more creative with our Halloween and fall decor, we sometimes forget the basics…like orange pumpkins! 

When I was a kid, orange pumpkins were the only type we ever bought…Who knows, maybe they were the only available kinds of pumpkins way back when.  Nowadays, we have so many varieties to choose from that I think we tend to overlook the classics.

Today, let’s appreciate the simplicity and beauty of those traditional orange pumpkins!

Pumpkin on porch for fall

Sometimes, that splash of orange is all you really need to make a porch festive for fall or Halloween.Orange Pumpkins for Halloween

After all, orange pumpkins are what you would expect to see at a farm stand.

Imagine how plain this great pumpkin display would be without the huge orange pumpkin…

Huge carved pumpkin etched with designs

Look at the etchings…amazing, isn’t it?  This was one of the many beautiful pumpkin displays at Longwood Gardens near Philadelphia a few years back.

Sure, decorating with white pumpkins has also become very popular these days.  I’ll be the first to admit, I do a ton of decorating with white pumpkins throughout the fall.

Although, orange pumpkins have made there way into my fall decor as well..

Orange pumpkin decorating ideas

Simple Fall Vignette

Orange brings the coziness of fall into our homes.

Using artificial pumpkins are great for indoor vignettes because you don’t have to worry about them rotting.

Orange velvet pumpkin on fall bar cart

Of course, I still love the velvet ones like the one in my recent bar cart post.

Simple fall decorating ideas for the family room

Previously, I used it in my family room console table – A Festive Fall Vignette on the Console Table.

Fall mantel with orange and black decor

I’ve used artificial ones on my mantels as well…Fall Fireplace Mantel.

There’s no denying that orange and black are great for Halloween!

Though, I know some people don’t like to use orange in their homes but I say bring on the color!

Most people won’t hesitate to use orange outside though…

Ideas for a Fall Front Porch

Fall Front Porch

Mini orange pumpkins over front door

One of my favorite ways to display mini orange pumpkins is above the front door.

Only orange pumpkins would look good in this spot.  White ones would just disappear!

Front Porch with Orange and black for fall


What better way to appreciate orange pumpkins then to carve them up for Halloween!…

Orange Pumpkin carving with kids

My mom invites my kids over for a pumpkin carving day each year.  That reminds me, we still need to do that this year!

Jack O lanterns on the porch

It’s always fun to display the creative carvings on our porch and give those orange pumpkins the recognition they deserve!

Of course, we have to be careful with our pumpkins out here in the country…

Orange pumpkins on front porch after the deer left

We do get a lot of deer in our yard! –  5 Things I Don’t Love About Fall.

Luckily, we have a “great watchdog” on patrol…

Golden retriever and orange pumpkin

Obviously, Rosie loves the orange pumpkins too!

Golden retriever carrying an orange pumpkin

She has been known to carry them around.  Recently, she has also been known to eat one of the mini pumpkins…ugh, that’s a whole other story….

As much as she loves the orange pumpkins, she wasn’t thrilled when we dressed her up as a pumpkin for Halloween!  Go figure…

Orange Pumpkin Dog Costume

Halloween Costumes for Dogs

For even more ideas, including orange pumpkins and white pumpkins, read – How to Decorate with Pumpkins for Fall.

Have you bought any orange pumpkins this year?

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    1. I am happy to hear that you agree! Each year I think I might stick with neutrals but I need orange for Halloween! Plus, my kids wouldn’t stand for anything else! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks, Carol! She likes to get involved in all our festivities…lol. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  1. Love these pix, Shelley! Rosie with the pumpkin in her mouth is adorable. I’m kind of a pumpkin nut myself and always have plenty. I’m not a big fan of orange…except when it comes to pumpkins. I love them in all varieties and colors, but that pop of orange is a Fall must.

    1. Thank you Becky! Rosie always has to get involved…
      I am not generally a fan of orange either except when it comes to pumpkins in the fall! Thanks for your input!

  2. I love the mini pumpkins above your door 🙂 I went with black and white for Halloween, but I’ll probably be bringing in the orange pumpkins for fall.

    1. Thank you! I got the idea for the mini pumpkins from someone I follow on Instagram. Then when I was in Vermont, I saw them everywhere and had to do it myself! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Someone on IG did it a few years ago and I warned her I’d be copying! Then I saw a bunch when I was in Vermont too…such a simple way to be festive. Thanks for stopping by, Kelly!

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