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Jack-o-Lantern Ideas

8 Great Jack-O-Lantern Ideas

Time to up your Jack-o-Lantern game this Halloween!

From costumes and lanterns, to yard and party decor, battery powered string lights and tea lights are a safe, convenient alternative to candles and traditional lights. Some of my favorite Jack-O-Lantern ideas use these handy little portable lights. I use the tea lights in smaller pumpkins and whole strands of lights get stuffed into the larger ones. No risk of catching trick-or-treaters’ costumes on fire, no burned pumpkin smell lingering on my porch, and no checking to see if my candles have blown out. And the creative possibilities are endless. Here are a few of my favorite Jack-o-lantern projects and ones I can’t wait to try this Halloween.

Pineapple Jackolantern
Pineapple Jack-o-Lantern

Many fruits and vegetables can be into a great Jack-o-Lantern idea. Try carving turnips, oranges, grapefruit, gourds and melons for a unique look. My favorite non-pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern is this spiky-haired one from kingshawaiin.com.

Hanging Lantern
Hanging Pumpkin Lanterns

Light the way for trick-or-treaters with these mini pumpkin lanterns from hgtv.com. Hang on stakes or use fishing line and hang them in trees to give the illusion that the pumpkins are floating. Or get really old-school and carve your lanterns out of turnips.

Pumpkin Bonfire
Pumpkin Bonfire

This cozy DIY is a great use for small pumpkins. Simply use the template from bhg.com to carve a flame pattern in each pumpkin, stack and place a battery operated tea light in each one.

Drill Pumpkins
Simple Pumpkin Carving

For the easiest way to carve a pumpkin, pull out your power drill. That’s right, your drill can be used to create beautiful designs on your pumpkin that can also be used for Thanksgiving. I found helpful tips on doing this on thegardenglove.com.

Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling,When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!

From The Pumpkin, John Greenleaf Whittier 1850

Sparkle Pumpkins
String Lights Pumpkin

This easy pumpkin DIY from bhg.com uses the drill-carving method with string light bulbs pushed through the holes to create a sparkly alternative to a traditional Jack-o-lantern.

Tinkerbell Pumpkin
Tinkerbell Fairy Dust Pumpkins

This Halloween, Tinkerbell will be gracing our porch. Kids love anything and everything with their favorite character adorning it. Templates make it easy to carve those characters. You can find fun printable templates here

Recycled Jar Pumpkins
Recycled Jack-o-Lantern Luminaries

This kid-friendly craft project from creativegreenliving.com is a great way to recycle all those random jars you’ve been saving. Group several different sizes together to create a centerpiece or even line your windowsills with these cute luminaries.

Constellation Pumpkin
Constellation Pumpkins

I can’t wait to try this elegant take on a classic Jack-o-Lantern from designsponge.com. These are great for use in a table centerpiece or arranged on a mantel. In my opinion, constellation pumpkins would look great anytime of year.

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