Decorating a pumpkin is an absolutely essential fall activity, and a great way to show off your Halloween spirit. While the spooky season often involves seeing entrails on screen, that doesn’t mean you also have to allow guts into your home. (We’re talking about pumpkin guts, of course.) There are plenty of ways to decorate one without making a mess. The following techniques are tried-and-true methods that still leave plenty of room for creativity—maybe more! You can even mix and match if you’re feeling ambitious.