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Jack O' Lanterns

Updated on October 28, 2014

Jack o' Lanterns: A Halloween Family Tradition

I have always loved going to pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, but since we've had our daughter it's so much more fun. We don't go just once a year; we'll often stop by a roadside pumpkin patch or stand in our fall foliage hunting travels throughout the season. But picking pumpkins is only half of it. We really love to carve jack o' lanterns. Our daughter gets to choose her favorite patterns as do we, so we end up with quite a collection. Then we often have pumpkin carving Halloween parties, so our house ends up looking like a pumpkin festival all on it's own. :)

Here is a gallery of some of our best creations.

Extreme Pumpkins - Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends and Scare Your Neighbors

Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends andScare Your Neighbors
Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends andScare Your Neighbors

Pumpkins are supposed to be scary!

Based on his popular and addictive website ExtremePumpkins.com, Tom Nardone has created a full-color guide to pumpkin carving that's truly frightening. Featuring the website's signature Puking Pumpkin, and spanning everything from Drowning Pumpkin, Crime Scene Pumpkin, and Cannibal Pumpkin to Electrocuted Pumpkin and other never-before-seen designs, this gleefully gory guide is nothing short of a manifesto to take back Halloween from the cheerful, the cutesy, and the parent-sanctioned. For the egg-throwing, toilet tissue-streaming, window-soaping teenager in all of us, finally- a whole new way to celebrate October 31.

 

Jack-o'-Lanterns

The term "Jack-o'-lantern" came from an Irish folk tale of the 18th century. Jack was an Irishman. He had tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree. He then cut a cross symbol in the tree trunk, thus trapping the Devil in the branches. When Jack died, he was unable to again access to Heaven because of his meanness. The Devil, having a long memory, would not allow him into Hell. So he was forced to walk the earth endlessly. The devil took pity on him and gave him a piece of coal to light his path. Jack put it inside a hollowed-out turnip that he had been eating.

Full article at Halloween Customs and Traditions

Puking Pumpkin

Halloween Jack o' Lanterns

A Panorama of Pumpkins

Jack Skellington

Elmo

Elmo Pumpkin Pattern

This was our daughter's first jack o' lantern. It's a tragic story. She loved this Elmo pumpkin dearly, but as you might well imagine, nature took it's course and it began to get moldy and squishy. It was sitting on our front porch and needed to go. My dh decided to kick it's face in one evening as our sweet, young daughter watched. She was nearly traumatized. For weeks she would go into a rant about what she witnessed if Elmo was even brought up.

Spongebob Squarepants

Jack o' Lantern Photo Gallery

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What's the best jack o' lantern you've ever carved?

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      LesleyOC 5 years ago

      Never tried it, but I will now, thanks for the inspiration.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome stuff here - that little bat is cute, and I love anything involving Jack Skellington. :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome stuff here - that little bat is cute, and I love anything involving Jack Skellington. :)

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Fun lens! We haven't carved ours yet this year, but I think we'll just do the traditional smileys. That creativity is for an especially skilled carver ;)

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      You have found some great ideas for pumpkin carving. I did a really great cat once.

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      Yourshowman LM 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      Louis Wery 6 years ago from Sarasota, Florida USA

      Great to see your Jack O'Lantern memories. That's a great story about your daughter and the demise of the Elmo pumpkin.

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      Seeking Pearls 6 years ago from Pueblo West

      I did some pumpkins with the designs you can buy and they turned out really nice. We usually end up painting now as it is not quite as messy. Nice lens!

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      What a great collection of ideas for jacks! Lensrolling to a few of my Squidboo and other Halloween lenses.

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      bdkz 6 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!