Mini pumpkins

A festive fall display isn’t complete without some adorable mini pumpkins in the mix!

Mini pumpkins are small, round winter squash typically used for autumn decor and fall crafts. Most mini pumpkins are in the range of 3″ wide to 6″ wide, weighing a few ounces to 2 pounds each. These tiny pumpkins are perfect for small children because they aren’t too heavy or too large to hold.

Read on to learn all about the best types of mini pumpkins to find this fall!

1. Jack Be Little mini pumpkins

Jack Be Little pumpkins are the classic variety of orange mini pumpkins. These adorable small pumpkins are 4″ wide and 2″ tall, with each mini pumpkin weighing only 8 ounces.

Jack-Be-Little pumpkins have an orange rind and a flattened shape with deep ribs down the sides. The flesh inside is tasty, making these mini pumpkins perfect for single-serving autumn dishes such as roasted whole pumpkins. They can also be hollowed out and used as a tiny vase for fall flowers, or just decorated whole with paint. Jack Be Little pumpkins are also great storage pumpkins, lasting up to a year if cured fully first.

2. Hooligan mini pumpkin

Hooligan pumpkin is a very popular miniature multi-colored pumpkin cultivar. Tiny Hooligan pumpkins have a diameter of about 3 inches wide and 2 inches high, for a total weight of 4 ounces each! Skin is shiny, mottled white, yellow, and orange, while the inside flesh is good for eating. Your family will have tons of fun growing your own Hooligan pumpkins!

3. Midnight mini pumpkin

Midnight pumpkins are nearly-black mini pumpkins. Mature fruits generally weigh 1-1.5 pounds each. These little beauties have a round shape and wide ribs. The exterior of these sweet, edible pumpkins is almost black, sometimes with slight orange markings.

Midnight pumpkins pair well with other miniatures Orangita and Casperita, for a tri-color display of mini pumpkins. Check out some more types of black pumpkins to decorate with.

4. Munchkin miniature pumpkin

Munchkin pumpkin is a classic, deeply-ribbed mini orange ornamental pumpkin. Growing to about 3-4 inches wide and 2 inches tall, Munchkin Pumpkins weigh about 6 ounces each. This variety has a bright orange color that’s perfect for autumn decor.

5. Wee-Be-Little mini pumpkin

Wee-Be-Little pumpkin is a cute, round, mini orange pumpkin about the size of a baseball. These miniature pumpkins weigh 10-14 ounces each and are like tiny Jack-o-Lanterns with skin smooth enough for painting and other Halloween crafts. The fruits are easy for little kids to handle and have the added bonus of tasting great when used in cooking.

Mini white pumpkins - casperita
Casperita mini pumpkins

6. Casperita miniature pumpkin

Casperita pumpkin is a small/mini white pumpkin variety used mainly for ornamental purposes. The fruit weighs 0.5 lb. to 1 lb. when mature. This pumpkin cultivar has smooth ivory skin and tender, sweet pale flesh. Casperita makes for lovely decor crafts, like this mini white pumpkin fall centerpiece.

7. Bumpkin mini pumpkin

Bumpkin is a mini orange pumpkin variety producing lovely little fruits, 6 to 8 ounces in size. These pumpkins make for excellent small seasonal displays, especially indoors. Group them with complementing Gooligan and Hooligan pumpkins for a charming autumnal display.

8. Baby Boo mini pumpkin

Baby Boo pumpkin is a mini bone-white pumpkin that grows to about 3 inches in diameter and 2 inches tall. Ripe Baby Boo Pumpkins weigh only 4-6 ounces each. These types are often harvested a bit premature to get that chilling ghostly white color. Baby Boo is popularly used for making Christmas and Halloween decorations and even table arrangements for weddings.

Mini pumpkins in farm bushel baskets

9. Half Pint pumpkin

Half Pint pumpkins are lovely, round, orange half-pound fruits that are excellent for Halloween crafts with kids. This hybrid ornamental variety is easy to grow, easy to carve, and easy to paint. It’s the perfect mini jack-o-lantern variety, and can even be grown in a large container.

10. Baby Bear mini pumpkin

Baby Bear pumpkin is a small orange pumpkin variety. Baby Bear Pumpkins weigh about 2 pounds each. These beauties look like tiny Sugar Pie Pumpkins. The peel is a nice dark orange color perfect for fall decor.

11. Orangita mini pumpkin

Orangita pumpkin is a nicely-shaped hybrid pumpkin with a deep orange color and prominent ribs. The fruit weighs between 1 and 1.5 lbs when mature. The interior is tender and sugary, like the acorn squash.

12. Batwing mini pumpkin

Batwing pumpkins are known for their distinctive pattern, which makes these orange pumpkins almost appear to be dipped in dark-green paint. Each pumpkin has unique “bat wing” patterning, weighing 0.5 to 1lb when fully mature. It makes spooky Halloween ghost faces when carved, and is also just a lovely ornamental pumpkin all on its own!

13. Blaze miniature pumpkin

Blaze pumpkin is a modern hybrid ornamental pumpkin with fire-like orange streaks running down its brilliant skin. Each plant grows around a dozen pumpkins, each one weighing about 2-3 lbs and growing to be 7″ in diameter. These are easy-to-grow small pumpkins that produce reliably and are perfect for fall decor.

14. Gooligan mini pumpkin

Gooligan is a white mini pumpkin growing to a mature weight of only 4 to 6 ounces in size. Unlike many other pumpkin varieties, Gooligan pumpkins are white and have no orange or other markings. Besides their miniature size, their unique color makes them an excellent treat for your kids in the fall.

15. Kandy Korn miniature pumpkin

Kandy Korn pumpkin is a yellow-orange mini-round pumpkin variety. Each Kandy Korn Pumpkin weighs about one pound. These pumpkins are great for small-space gardeners, as they grow on compact plants. Each plant will produce 10-12 Kandy Korn Pumpkins in good growing conditions.

16. Crunchkin mini pumpkin

Crunchkin is a hard-shelled mini orange hybrid pumpkin variety that stores for a long time, making it perfect for later celebrations like Thanksgiving. Tiny fruits weigh 6-8 ounces each. This mini pumpkin has prominent ribs and a light-orange, rustic tinge. This mini pumpkin is also used in floral decorations.

Mini pumpkins - white with orange stripes
“Lil’ Pump-Ke-Mon” Mini Pumpkins

17. Lil’ Pump-Ke-Mon mini pumpkin

Lil’ Pump-Ke-Mon pumpkins are small white pumpkins with skinny orange grooves running down the sides. Fruits generally weigh 1-2 pounds when mature, and have a squat form about 5-6 inches wide.

18. Lil’ Orange-Mon mini pumpkin

Lil’ Orange-Mon pumpkin is a 1-2 pound pumpkin with deep orange skin and light orange markings. The exterior features thin ribs adding to its potential for a stunning display. Flat-shaped fruits are about 4 inches wide and 2 inches tall.

19. Spark mini pumpkin

Spark pumpkin is a miniature ribbed orange mini pumpkin variety similar to Hooligan and Jill-Be-Little. The ornamental fruit grows to around 3.5 inches in diameter and 2 inches tall. It weighs a 1/2 lb. when mature.

20. Apprentice mini pumpkin

Apprentice is a small, round, orange hybrid pumpkin variety with great potential for decoration and cooking. The fruits are about 5 inches wide (weighing about a pound) with a deep orange color. The exterior is exceptionally symmetrical, with little to no ribbing.

21. Jack-Be-Quick mini pumpkin

Jack Be Quick pumpkin is a slightly smaller version of the popular Jack-Be-Little mini pumpkin. These pumpkins are 3″ wide and 2″ tall, with a mature weight of only 4 ounces each. The ribs are quite deep and the orange is slightly darker than Jack-Be-Little.

22. Gold Dust miniature pumpkin

Gold Dust pumpkin is another mini pumpkin similar to the popular Jack-Be-Little mini pumpkin. Each pumpkin is about 3″-4″ wide and 2″ tall, with a weight of about 6 ounces. Gold Dust pumpkins grow on more compact plants and tend to have a richer orange color to the rind.

23. Black Kat pumpkin

Black Kat pumpkin is a black miniature pumpkin variety. Ripe Black Kat Pumpkins weigh 1/2 lb to 1 lb each. They have a rounded shape with deep ribs down the sides. Productive plants tend to produce about 10 pumpkins each.

24. Jill-Be-Little mini pumpkin

Jill-Be-Little pumpkin is a mini dark-orange pumpkin variety. Jill-Be-Little has classic mini pumpkin dimensions of 3-4 inches in diameter and about 2 inches in height. It stands out with its flattened shape and deep ribs. It weighs a half-pound when mature, taking on a dark orange color that adds a dramatic flair to fall decor.

25. Treasure pumpkin

Treasure pumpkin is a new hybrid miniature pumpkin variety with a smooth, rich orange rind. Each pumpkin weighs about a pound and has very tough rinds. These pumpkins have a flattened shape, wide shallow ribs, and are very smooth.

26. Honey Bear squash

Honey Bear squash is a type of acorn squash that looks like a green-black mini pumpkin. Ripe Honey Bear Squash weighs about a pound each. These mini acorn squash are highly ornamental and highly delicious. The plants are disease resistant.

Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a quintessential Canadian gardener. An engineer by trade, she tends to an ever-expanding collection of plants. In her world, laughter blooms as freely as her flowers, and every plant is raised with a dash of Canadian grit.

Mary Jane is a certified Master Gardener and also holds a Permaculture Design Certificate. She's also a proud mom of three, teaching her little sprouts the crucial difference between a garden friend and foe.

When she's not playing in the dirt, Mary Jane revels in her love for Taylor Swift, Gilmore Girls, ice hockey, and the surprisingly soothing sounds of bluegrass covers of classic hip-hop songs. She invites you to join her garden party, a place where you can share in the joy of growing and where every day is a new opportunity to find the perfect spot for yet another plant.

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