This was not only less messy than carving but took a total of 15 minutes which is just the right amount of time for a 3 year old before they get bored. She could also do it herself instead of me or my husband doing the actual creating.
All you need is paint, paint brush and a pumpkin. Super easy. We are not putting out our pumpkins until Halloween so that if it rains the colors don't run onto our steps.