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Pumpkin Coloring Pages (free printable PDF templates)

Step into the world of pumpkin coloring pages, where the beauty of autumn takes center stage. Regardless of your artistic expertise, these coloring sheets provide a canvas for your imagination to unfold. From a basic pumpkin outline, to intricate designs, or cheerful depictions of Jack-o’-lanterns, there are coloring pages of pumpkins suited for every creative endeavor. Just pick whichever design you like, save the downloadable free PDF template, print it out, and get coloring to your little hearts content, or you could even use them as an embroidery pattern or inspiration for fine line tattoos.

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Pumpkin Coloring Pages (free printable PDF templates).

Learn about pumpkins as you give your pumpkin color

If you’re new to my coloring pages, you should know that I like to give you the option of learning about the subject so that you can easily turn it into an educational lesson while you are at it.

Here are several interesting facts about pumpkins, sourced from Wikipedia (article found here):

  • Origin and Cultivation: Pumpkins are native to North America, with evidence of their cultivation dating back over 7,500 years ago. They were first domesticated in Mesoamerica and later spread throughout the continent.
  • Versatile Fruit: Pumpkins are technically a fruit, specifically a type of winter squash, belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them a nutritious addition to meals.
  • Size Variations: Pumpkins come in various sizes, ranging from small, palm-sized ones to enormous giants weighing several hundred pounds. The largest recorded pumpkin to date weighed over 2,600 pounds (1,179 kg)!
  • Diverse Shapes: While many people associate pumpkins with the classic round shape, they can also be elongated, oblong, flattened, or even have unique bulbous or bumpy forms, depending on the variety.
  • Orange Coloration: The iconic orange color of pumpkins comes from pigments called carotenoids, specifically beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body.
  • Culinary Uses: Pumpkins are widely used in cooking and baking, particularly in dishes such as pumpkin pie, soups, bread, and desserts. The seeds, known as pepitas, are also consumed and are a popular snack.
  • Traditional Symbol of Halloween: Carving pumpkins into Jack-o’-lanterns is a popular Halloween tradition. It originated from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack, who was said to roam the Earth with a carved turnip lantern.
  • Seasonal Festivals: Numerous pumpkin festivals take place worldwide, celebrating the harvest season and showcasing impressive pumpkin displays, including pumpkin carvings, contests, and parades.
  • Pumpkin Seeds: Pumpkin seeds are not only tasty but also highly nutritious. They are a good source of protein, healthy fats, fiber, and minerals like magnesium, zinc, and iron.
  • Decorative Use: Pumpkins are widely used for autumnal and Thanksgiving decorations, both in their natural form and as artificial decorations, such as plastic or ceramic replicas.

These fascinating facts highlight the cultural, culinary, and botanical significance of pumpkins, making them a beloved and versatile part of our lives.

Here are some other good resources to learn about pumpkins while coloring:

  • If you would like to see my index of free printable coloring pages, go here!
  • All of my botanicals coloring pages are found here.
  • Or, my other fruits coloring pages can be found here.
  • My other Halloween themed coloring pages can be found here.

How to use my free coloring pages & supplies needed list:

*Keep in mind that while these coloring sheets are free, they are for personal use only. Any additional use will need written permission, from me, obtained via email. Thanks.*

**The example images for this little printing tutorial are from my free spring flowers coloring pages, you can get those here if you so desire.**

How to get best results with pumpkin printables

How to get best results with pumpkin printables

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Active Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate


  • Standard 8.5"x11" Printing Paper (or quality cardstock)
  • Black Ink/Toner


  • Computer/ Phone/ Or Tablet To Download To
  • Printer
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Eraser (optional)


  1. how to use Step 1 Scroll through the available coloring sheet options and determine which picture/pictures you would like to color (the example photo, with the websites watermark, shows you what the whole PDF will look like).
  2. Scroll just below the desired example photo, to the PDF version (the PDF version does not have the websites watermark on it), and either select "print" in the top right hand corner, or you can select "download" (also in the top right hand corner).
  3. how to use Step 3 A (2) how to use Step 3 B (1) how to use Step 3 C (1)As you go to print it, select the highest quailty option, or the highest DPI setting (DPI refers to the number of printed dots that are within one inch of the image being printed...basically the higher the number, the better the quality of the print). Now select "print".
  4. how to use Step 4After printing out your coloring pictures, allow the ink to set (dry out) for several minutes. This step will help prevent any smudging.
  5. how to use Step 5Now wash your hands and dry them thoroughly. Find a clean, nice flat/hard surface to lay the paper on, and color your prints in whatever way you fancy. Then enjoy them for years to come.


Ideas on what to do with these pictures:

You could print the coloring pages out and bind them and, paired with some nice colored pencils or an art set, it could be a fun little gift for any coloring enthusiast's special day.

You could also buy some simple frames, have these pictures printed out on a quality card stock at a local printing company, color them as beautifully as you can, and they could easily be added to your home decor.

These free coloring pictures can also be used as embroidery patterns using transfer sheets.

They could be used as a pattern for a fine-line tattoo.

Then of course, you can just plain print them out and color them as many times as you want to too.

*Please note that this website uses an image optimizer on the example photo's (which makes them load faster but also reduces quality), which is why you will get the best result by making sure you are downloading and using the PDF file directly. The example photo is just there so that you get an idea of what the entire picture looks like as it is hard to scroll through a PDF, on some devices, and see the whole thing within one screenshot.*

**Print quality instructions are for when using a desktop computer and an HP printer, it should be fairly similar should you use a different device**.

***Please make sure to select "fit to page" option when printing so that you ensure that entire image makes it on your printed page.

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Tips for coloring pumpkins

Here are some of my best tips for coloring a pumpkin:

  • Choose the Right Coloring Materials: Select coloring materials that suit your preferences and the desired effect. Options include colored pencils, crayons, markers, or even watercolors. Experiment with different mediums to achieve the desired texture and vibrancy.
  • Plan Your Color Scheme: Consider the overall look you want to achieve. Decide on a color scheme beforehand, whether it’s traditional orange, vibrant multicolored, or something entirely unique. Planning ahead will help you create a cohesive and visually pleasing result.
  • Start with Light Colors: Begin coloring with lighter shades first. This allows you to build up colors gradually and prevents dark colors from smudging or overpowering the lighter ones.
  • Add Depth with Layering: Use multiple layers of color to add depth and dimension. Start with a base layer and then add subsequent layers, gradually increasing the intensity and shading. This technique helps create a more realistic and three-dimensional appearance.
  • Experiment with Textures and Blending: Explore different coloring techniques to enhance the texture and visual interest of the pumpkin. Consider techniques like cross-hatching, stippling, or blending colors together for a smoother transition.
  • Highlight and Shade: To make your pumpkin illustration more realistic, incorporate highlights and shading. Identify a light source and imagine where the light hits the pumpkin’s surface. Use lighter colors or leave areas blank to indicate highlights, and use darker shades or add cross-hatching for shading.
  • Embrace Variation: Pumpkins often have natural variations in color and texture. Don’t be afraid to incorporate different shades and patterns to mimic these natural irregularities. It adds authenticity and visual appeal to your artwork.
  • Pay Attention to Details: Remember to color the stem of the pumpkin as well. Depending on the variety, pumpkin stems can be green, brown, or even gray. Adding small details like the texture of the stem can enhance the overall realism.
  • Take Breaks and Assess: Periodically step back and take breaks to assess your coloring progress. This allows you to identify any areas that may need adjustment or additional details. Fresh eyes can help you spot potential improvements.
  • Have Fun and Experiment: Coloring pumpkins is a creative process, so have fun and don’t be afraid to experiment! Allow your imagination to guide you, and don’t worry too much about perfect realism. Embrace your unique style and enjoy the process of bringing your pumpkin coloring page to life.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep exploring and refining your coloring skills. Enjoy the journey and let your creativity shine through your pumpkins coloring creations!

Pumpkin Coloring Sheet Options For Printing:

P is for pumpkin coloring pages

*My P is for pumpkin coloring sheet printables are specifically designed to be used in a classroom setting, they are the only printables on this page that do not need written permission to use in a public setting, but please send the link to this post along if anyone asks you where you got them. Thank you!

P is for pumpkin worksheet example
P is for pumpkin worksheet example
P is for pumpkin printable example
P is for pumpkin printable example

Intricate Pumpkin Design

Intricate Pumpkins Color Sheet Example
Intricate Pumpkins Color Sheet Example

Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin Patch Coloring Pages Example
Pumpkin Patch Coloring Pages Example

Plain Pumpkins

Plain Pumpkins Coloring Sheet Example
Plain Pumpkins Coloring Sheet Example
Plain Pumpkin Coloring Sheet Example
Plain Pumpkin Coloring Sheet Example
Plain Pumpkin Coloring Pages Example
Plain Pumpkin Coloring Pages Example

Halloween/Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Sheets

Halloween Cat Pumpkin Color Page Example
Halloween Cat Pumpkin Color Page Example
Witchy Jack O Lantern Coloring Page Example
Witchy Jack O Lantern Coloring Page Example
Pumpkin Man Jack O Lantern Coloring Sheet Example
Pumpkin Man Jack O Lantern Coloring Sheet Example
Pumpkin Head Jack O Lantern Coloring Page Example
Pumpkin Head Jack O Lantern Coloring Page Example

Color A Pumpkin FAQ’s

What do the colors of pumpkin mean?

The colors of pumpkins do not have specific symbolic meanings. However, different colors can evoke certain associations or moods. Here are some general perceptions often associated with pumpkin colors:

Orange: Orange is the most common and traditional color for pumpkins. It is often associated with warmth, energy, and the autumn season. The vibrant hue of orange pumpkins is reminiscent of falling leaves and harvest time.

White: White pumpkins, also known as ghost pumpkins, have gained popularity in recent years. They are often associated with purity, elegance, and a modern aesthetic. White pumpkins provide a fresh and contemporary twist to traditional pumpkin displays.

Yellow: Yellow pumpkins exude a sunny and cheerful vibe. The color yellow is often associated with happiness, optimism, and vitality. Yellow pumpkins can add a bright and vibrant touch to fall decorations and your artwork.

Green: Green pumpkins, particularly young or unripe ones, have a green color. Green is often linked to nature, growth, and freshness. Green pumpkins can offer a unique and organic element to pumpkin displays.

It’s important to note that the associations with colors can vary depending on cultural and personal interpretations. These general perceptions are not absolute and may differ among individuals.

*The associations mentioned above are based on common cultural perceptions of colors.

What colors are pumpkins?

Pumpkins come in a range of colors beyond the traditional orange. Some common pumpkin colors include:

Orange: This is the classic color associated with pumpkins and is the most widely recognized.
Yellow: Pumpkins can also have a bright, sunny yellow color, which adds a cheerful touch.
White: White pumpkins, also known as ghost pumpkins, have become increasingly popular in recent years. They offer a more elegant and contemporary look.
Green: Some pumpkins, particularly young or unripe ones, may have a green color. These pumpkins often turn orange as they mature.
Red: While less common, some pumpkin varieties exhibit a reddish hue. These pumpkins can add a unique and eye-catching element to displays.
Blue: Although rare, blue pumpkins with a bluish-gray hue exist. They are prized for their unique and uncommon appearance.
Tan/Brown: Certain pumpkin varieties have a tan or brown color, which gives them a rustic and earthy aesthetic.

It’s important to note that the color of a pumpkin can vary depending on its variety, ripeness, and growing conditions. These colors add diversity and visual interest when used in decorations, carving, or culinary applications.

In conclusion, pumpkin coloring pages provide a delightful avenue for both relaxation and creative expression. As you immerse yourself in the artistry of these autumnal templates, you can appreciate the beauty of pumpkins in all their forms.

Whether you prefer the intricacy of detailed designs or the simplicity of a smiling Jack-o’-lantern, these coloring pages offer a therapeutic escape and a chance to bring your own unique vision to life.

So grab your favorite coloring tools, embrace the warmth of autumn, and let your imagination flourish as you embark on a colorful journey through the enchanting world of color sheets of pumpkins

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Check out my other free printables

  • If you would like to see my index of free printable coloring pages, go here!
  • All of my botanicals coloring pages are found here.
  • Or, my other fruits coloring pages can be found here.
  • My other Halloween themed coloring pages can be found here.

Otherwise, here are direct links to several of my other related posts that you’re also going to love:

Other good resources for coloring page of a pumpkin

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