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Creating Pumpkin Jack O'Lanterns For Halloween plus More Pumpkin Fun

Updated on January 28, 2015

Its Halloween

Halloween is a time of year where people dress up in creepy costumes and go trick or treating and enjoy Devilish Parties.

What do you need for Halloween to really get into the spirit of things?

Maybe a lit up coffin in the front yard to great your party guests or trick-or -treaters or.......

A house decked out in spiders and spider webs complete with spooky sounds like doors creaking, ghost noises or that evil witch laugh or......

Horror Movies to get your teeth into or........

Pumpkins lit up with candles placed inside and/or outside your hellish house.

This lens is about how you create the perfect Halloween Pumpkins.

Jack O'Lantern Pumpkins

What You Need

* pumpkin(s)

* large chopping board

* large spoon or icecream scoop

* sharp knives ~ 1 large and 1 small

* darkish marker pen

* paper and pencil

How To Create

1. Wash outside of pumpkin and dry.

This is optional as it depends on how dirty your pumpkin (s ) are.

2. Cut off back or top with a large sharp knife to create a pull off back or lid by:

~ drawing outline first

~ then cutting

3. Scoop out the pumpkin insides and keep aside to create mourish masterpieces.

See the section Waste Not Want Not below for some ideas.


4. Draw :

two eyes

nose and a


on the side of your pumpkin(s) with a marker pen.

Alternatively if you want all your pumpkins to have the same looking face then create an eye, nose and mouth template out of paper and trace around the outlines onto your pumpkin(s).

To get the shapes even on both sides of the face then fold the piece of paper in half and draw on one side, as shown in the picture. Then you can cut both sides of the paper out at same time.

6. Cut out eye, nose and mouth shapes with a small sharp knife

7. Place a candle or candles into the centre of the cavity and light.

********** Voila!!!! **********

8. Place around your house and garden and Enjoy.

Variation :

~ Carve a face shape out of a turnip like they used to or use a skull , which you could buy or make.

~ Carve out more shapes than eyes, nose and mouth. Be creative in you designs.

Have a Go

Carving out pumpkins for use as a Jack O'Lantern , a drinks cooler, a candle holder and a babys costume at Halloween is fun. It also great to create edible items with pumpkin.

You maybe interested in creating candles for your carved out pumpkins.

Otherwise just use bought ones.

Waste Not Want Not

Create Morish Masterpieces with Leftover Pumpkin

After you have created a Jack O'Lantern or two or more for your "Halloween House" then you will have pumpkin leftover after removing it from the centre to get that hollow area for the candle to sit in. So instead of wasting it , you could create some edible items to eat with your family or to provide a nibble for invited guests...whether it be for a Ghourlish Get Together or something completely different. Take a look at the video below for ideas.

More Uses For Pumpkins At Halloween

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Drinks CoolerCandle HolderKids CostumePumpkin Pie For PudPumpkin Drink
Drinks Cooler
Drinks Cooler
Candle Holder
Candle Holder
Kids Costume
Kids Costume
Pumpkin Pie For Pud
Pumpkin Pie For Pud
Pumpkin Drink
Pumpkin Drink

Now for some Pumpkin Background

1. You can grow them from seed.

2. They are very healthy for you being low in calories and high in fibre. Fibre found in the indigestible part of plants such as in fruits and vegetables are important to have in your diet to keep your digestive system healthy.

3.The nutrients in pumpkins help you disease the risk of disease such as some cancers.

4. Pumpkins are orange ,yellow or red due to the caratenoids.


Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?

A: Pumpkin pi!

Take a look next at how to create one for yourself.

Pumpkin Pi!!

This is an exciting Pumpkin Pie recipe because it has dates in it and dates are also full of fibre.

Firstly make a shortcrust pastry by:

Rubbing in 1/2 cup butter into 1 cup of wholemeal flour and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and adding enough water to hold the pastry together.

Secondly roll out the pastry to line a 20 cm pie dish and bake at 190 degrees until browned to form a pastry shell.

Thirdly combine these 8 ingredients: 3 cups of cooked and mashed pumpkin, 1 cup of roasted coconut, 1/2 cup cooked dates ( cook in water until soft ), 2 tablespoons of molasses, 1 teaspoon mixed spice,2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 cup of full cream milk powder, 1/2 cup of honey. Put into prepared browned pastry shell and sprinkle with coconut. Bake for 15 minutes at 190 degrees.

Lastly, serve with yoghurt or ice-cream. I love the unsweetened plain yoghurt. It not only tastes good with a delicious hot pudding, it is an excellent food which can often be taken by people who are allergic or sensitive to milk. And the naturally occurring bacteria in yoghurt also keep the intestines clean and healthy. Unsweetened yoghurt has no added sugar or additives,so is a healthier option to have than ice-cream.

How Keen Are You?


Do you carve out pumpkins to use as Jack O'Lanterns at Halloween?

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