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A cute jack-o-lantern idea!

Updated on September 9, 2013

A Goofy Cute Pumpkin Idea!

You can either scare off the little monsters who come to trick you out of candy on Halloween or have them peeing in their pants because they are laughing so hard at your Jackolantern. It is up to you. Frankly, the cute, silly pumpkin my husband and I created was a big hit--especially when the gummy worms started melting and falling off.

I have written several pages featuring classic pumpkin carving patterns, but when we decided to actually decorate for Halloween, we came up with this design on our very own. Read on to find out how we achieved this really goofy jack! Halloween Home Decor never looked so cute.

All pumpkin or jackolantern images are mine unless noted other wise.

Pumpkin Decorating Kit from Mr. Potato Head! - Prepare for Halloween today!

First of all, you need to find a Mr. Potato Head Pumpkin Decorating Kit to get your color scheme going. Amazon has lots to choose from so go shopping and buy one before they run out.

The Cute Crazy Halloween Pumpkin

The Cute Crazy  Halloween Pumpkin
The Cute Crazy Halloween Pumpkin

How did I get the green hair on my jackolantern?

Look for wierd flowers at the market!

I purchased the green spider mums at Costco. You could also use multicolored flowers, too. It all depends on the theme that you want to use for your Halloween decor. I also used sprigs of parsley from my herb garden to spice (pun intended) it up. Sage has an evil looking grey green color that would have added a weird touch, too.

We gutted a large (about 12" tall) pumpkin and used an empty tin can as a vase to hold the water and the mums. Mums last a very long time if you keep the water fresh and trim off the stems every other day.

Carving holes for the gummy worms in the pumpkin

Carving holes for the gummy worms in the pumpkin
Carving holes for the gummy worms in the pumpkin

Details of gummy worm holes in the jack-o-lantern

Details of gummy worm holes in the jack-o-lantern
Details of gummy worm holes in the jack-o-lantern

My Husband created a tool to carve the worm holes in the pumpkin.

My Husband created a tool to carve the worm holes in the pumpkin.
My Husband created a tool to carve the worm holes in the pumpkin.

Create a tool for carving holes in your pumpkin head:

My husband has all sorts of stuff in the basement workshop that is left over from projects. He loves to create special tools for me that might make my life easier. He took an aluminium tube and used his lathe to create a hole punch the exact size of the gummy worms!

See, you do not need to purchase pumpkin carving tools! Just use what you have on hand. Be creative and save some money.

Jackolantern turning into a zombie! Melting gummies.

Jackolantern turning into a zombie! Melting gummies.
Jackolantern turning into a zombie! Melting gummies.

Zombie melting worms!

Avoid them if you can--or enjoy the spooky effect.

The gummies I purchased were soft to begin with so when they came in contact with the wet pumpkin flesh, they began to melt almost immediately. I had to use tooth picks to reattach the worms. Even that did not last more that a few hours. Of course, as the pumpkin began to loose its moisture, the problem went away. I am thinking that if I had used gummies that were not as soft (more like gummy bears) they might not have melted so quickly. Of course, I could have used artificial fishing worms, but that might have been gross! Oh, that would have been a good zombie-thing!

In the pictures of the jack-o'lantern below, you will notice the gummy worms sticking straight out of the pumpkin head. Those are the ones with the tooth picks.

Worms for an icky looking jackolantern: - Rubber worms won't melt like gummy worms.

The gummy worms started to "melt" almost immediately. Below you will find some suggestions for a replacement on Amazon.com

Disclosure: Mickie_G is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Zoom Speed Worm-Pack of 15 (Watermelon Red, 5.25-Inch)
Zoom Speed Worm-Pack of 15 (Watermelon Red, 5.25-Inch)

Plastic fishing worms definitely would not melt!

 
Yamamoto 9-10-196 Senko, 5-Inch, 10-PackPum-Packin, Org/Black Green
Yamamoto 9-10-196 Senko, 5-Inch, 10-PackPum-Packin, Org/Black Green

I like the colors in these worms. They would look icky! Icky is good at Halloween!

 
Gummy Worms
Gummy Worms

Perhaps these gummy worms would work better.

 
Trolli Large Sour Brite Crawlers Gummi Candy Worms, 5lb Bulk Bag
Trolli Large Sour Brite Crawlers Gummi Candy Worms, 5lb Bulk Bag

These are the candy sour worms that I used to decorate the jackolantern here on this page. They taste really good.

 

Cute, goofy jackolantern with a lid! (the green mums came later in the day!)

Cute, goofy jackolantern with a lid! (the green mums came later in the day!)
Cute, goofy jackolantern with a lid! (the green mums came later in the day!)

Carved Goofy Jackolantern Lit Up

Carved Goofy Jackolantern Lit Up
Carved Goofy Jackolantern Lit Up

Do you tend to create a cute jackolantern or a scary one? Do you make up a face or use a template?

Halloween Guestbook Comments - Share your pumpkin carving ideas here:

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    • hgb282 profile image

      hgb282 

      4 years ago

      These Halloween pumpkin ideas would be a great in a kids classroom or a daycare.

    • Pinkmaddy LM profile image

      Pinkmaddy LM 

      5 years ago

      Ha! My kids would LOVE these ideas!!

    • Mary Stephenson profile image

      Mary Stephenson 

      5 years ago from California

      This would be great for little ones. Not too scary, but just a lot of fun.

    • Ahdilarum profile image

      Ahdilarum 

      5 years ago

      moving worms decorations are different way to decorate.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      This is a darling Halloween lens, I love it.

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      Candace Bacon 

      6 years ago from Mad Laboratories

      This is a really cute idea! I even like it with just the gummy worm hair.

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      ideadesigns 

      6 years ago

      Love the gummy worms!! i bet they wouldn't last too long with the kids though, but then if it's touching the yucky pumpkin insides they won't bother.... maybe ;)

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      DecoratingEvents 

      6 years ago

      This is soo cute! Kids would love it.

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      6 years ago

      What an innovative idea for your jack-o-lantern! Love the gummy worms!

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