The old triangle-eyed jack-o’-lantern has its charm, but painted pumpkins create a classier front porch display. A graphic pattern, such as chevron stripes, is striking on its own, or amongst a grouping of pumpkins. It’ll look beautiful on your stoop all month long and you can still carve another gourd for the kids come Halloween. When picking your pumpkin, choose one that’s a nice round shape, without cuts or soft spots and check that it’s flat enough on the bottom to sit upright. A pumpkin with smooth flesh, free of deep ridges or little bumps, will also be easier to paint. When you get your pumpkin home, remove any dirt with a damp rag and allow it to air dry before you start. Make sure you’re in a well-ventilated area (outside is ideal) and place newspapers down on a flat surface to create your workspace.