There are many create ways to decorate your Halloween pumpkin. Many are carved and painted. Some are carved out and used as bowls. And a pumpkin used as a floral centerpiece has a beauty that is difficult to beat.

So why not create a real focal point and decorate your pumpkin with vegetables? After all Pumpkins are vegetables; why not embellish them with more of the same?

You can create one of a kind Halloween faces by adding carrot noses and olive eyeballs. Hold a family or neighborhood competition to see who can come up with the scariest, prettiest, friendliest or ugly pumpkin. These pumpkins can be used for outdoor d├ęcor or at a party.

Creative decorating for your pumpkin

Select a pumpkin of any size or shape. I find for a pumpkin vegetable face am odd shape makes a funnier more unique face.

Gather long-lasting vegetables from your garden or grocery store. Broccoli, carrots, cabbage, celery, chili peppers, garlic, green beans, ornamental gourds, peas or small squash are good selections.

Attach the various vegetable features to the pumpkin by sticking toothpicks into the pumpkin where you think the eyes, nose, mouth, ears or hair should be.

Leave part of the toothpick sticking out of the pumpkin skin. These toothpicks will hold you vegetables in place.

Next you will want to start placing vegetables on the toothpicks for your facial features.

Cucumbers on the toothpicks will make good eyes.

Green beans create eyebrows. If you find curved beans you can create an eyebrow arch. Straight beans placed at an angle will give your eyebrows an angry look.

Cut celery into C shapes to use as eyebrows or tiny ears.

Attach a carrot or squash for a nose, red chili peppers for lips, and some peas for teeth.

Give your pumpkin a one of a kind hairdo by unfolding several leaves from a head of cabbage. Make unruly locks by attaching Japanese long beans, several at a time, with the same toothpick. And if you have ornamental corn, use some of the dried husks for a wild look.

Each vegetable pumpkin will have its own look. You may also use paint to add more detail to the face.

Most of all have fun!