Animals have been the stars of so many fun movies this year. Why not create your own no-carve pumpkins for Halloween inspired by your favorite characters from Finding Dory, Angry Birds and The Secret Life of Pets? This is a great project for younger kids who may not be able to carve yet.


To create your pumpkins, you’ll need paint, craft foam, permanent markers, scissors, hot glue and a glue stick. You can use real pumpkins or craft pumpkins, but craft pumpkins can be used again next year. 


To make a Dory pumpkin, start by painting your pumpkin blue. You can use acrylic craft paint or spray paint. Cut out the fins and tail from yellow craft foam, the eyes from white craft foam, and the mouth from black craft foam. You can download the template here.

Use permanent markers to draw along the outer edge of the tail and fins and to draw on Dory’s eyes. Permanent marker on foam takes a little longer to dry than it does on paper, so be careful not to smudge your work.  

Use hot glue to attach the fin and tail. You can use a toothpick inserted into the pumpkin behind the fins to make sure they stand out to the side. Attach the eyes and mouth with a glue stick. 


To create Red from Angry Birds, you’ll need a pumpkin painted red. Cut out the eyes from white craft foam, the eyebrows from black craft foam, and the beak from orange craft foam. You can download the template here. Draw on Red’s eyes using a permanent marker.  


Use masking tape to form the beak shape, then attach it to the pumpkin with hot glue. Attach the eyes and eyebrows with a glue stick.


To make Snowball from The Secret Life of Pets, start with a white pumpkin. Cut out Snowball’s eyes, teeth and ears from white craft foam, his mouth from black craft foam, and his nose and inner ears from pink craft foam. You can download the template here.

Draw on his eyes with permanent markers. Use a glue stick to attach the pink inner ear to the white outer ear. You can also use a glue stick to attach his eyes, nose, teeth and mouth to the pumpkin. Attach the ears with hot glue. They should stand up on their own, but if they don’t you can add a toothpick behind each ear for support. 

Now your animal-themed pumpkin stars are ready to welcome trick-or-treaters on Halloween night!