Last year, I decorated a couple of pumpkins with metallic paint pens. And this year, I did it again. Its a lot less messy than carving and the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. Definitely a safe activity for kids from start to finish as well.
I just used a couple of metallic paint pens (silver and gold) to create different designs...
Now I have so many pumpkins, I am not sure I'll have time to decorate them all!
If I was hosting a party or something, I would definitely give them away as party favors (maybe even customize each one with the person's name for example). Great for kids parties especially!