Introduction: How to Carve a Jack-o-lantern

To carve a Jack-o-Lantern you will need the following materials
1 Pumpkin
1 Medium Serving Spoon
1 Medium Knife
1 Small Knife
Newspaper
Medium bowl
1 Dry Erase Marker
1 Candle
1 lighter

Step 1: Preparing for Carving

Cover your working surface with the newspaper.

Step 2: Cutting Out the Stem

Cut a hole around the stem at about a 45 degree angle towards the center of the pumpkin big enough for your hand to fit through.

WARNING-If the cut isn't at an angle the stem will fall into the pumpkin.
WARNING-Save the stem

Step 3: Scooping Out the Pumpkin

Using the medium serving spoon, scoop out the seeds and pulp (the orange stringy material inside the pumpkin) and put it in the bowl

Step 4: Sketching the Face

On roundest or best looking side, Sketch the desired face or design of your Jack-o-lantern.

Step 5: Carving the Pumpkin

Using the small knife, cut at a perpendicular angle along chosen design. Remove loose pieces of the pumpkin and discard them in to the medium bowl.

Note-Wipe off the extra dry erase markings when finished cutting out the design.

Step 6: Lighting the Pumpkin

Light the candle with the lighter and place inside the Jack-o-lantern. Put the stem back on.

Step 7: Displaying the Jack-o-lantern

Place the pumpkin where desired

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JoaquinM6 made it! (author)2015-09-29

how much time odes the pumpkig has before it dries out and gets puffy?

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kdemenz made it! (author)2014-10-30

Great straight forward guide. Here's Dr. Demenz's jack o'lantern for 2014.

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lilamp made it! (author)2013-10-29

Kiteman if you don't mind me bothering you what if it was a bit windy? Would the light just blow out? And do you have to put a candle in? Thanks!
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lilamp made it! (author)2013-10-29

Kiteman if you don't mind me bothering you what if it was a bit windy? Would the light just blow out? And do you have to put a candle in? Thanks!
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lilamp made it! (author)2013-10-29

Thanks Kiteman,
That is great advice!
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Kiteman made it! (author)2007-10-25
A classic Make, well-described.

A couple of safety points from personal experience -

  • The lid can get very hot, mind your fingers.
  • Blow the candle out, or let it go out by itself - dripping water through the lid into a molten tea-light causes a similar response to water into a chip-pan fire. Kitewife was lucky to just lose her fringe.
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repguy2020 made it! (author)repguy20202012-10-29

Sounds like a harrowing ordeal! Hope she's well.

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2012-10-29

She was lucky, just a little burned hair.

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JakeTobak made it! (author)2007-10-24

I got a couple things to add that I've done in the past. 1.) If the light is strong enough you can use wood carving tools to scrape away at the skin of the pumpkin so it's not cut through but light still gets out a bit, kind of like putting a flash light inside your mouth and your cheeks glow. That way you can have a 2-tone design. 2.) I used an anti-fungal spray to prevent stuff from growing inside the pumpkin, preserving it a little longer. I used some jock-itch spray (was using it for my feet before) and I think it worked well. Just be careful if its combustible and you're using a candle.

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kendrickbooker made it! (author)kendrickbooker2010-10-28

cool boy

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dontno made it! (author)2008-04-04

I use a saber saw to carve out pumpkins cuts down on carving time. Done in10 minutes.

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ThaNorwegianDude made it! (author)ThaNorwegianDude2009-10-21

yeah... but isnt that taking away the point? i mean half the fun is to carve the thing out

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Revel made it! (author)2009-09-24

you should cut a try angle in the lid so its easy to find the way it gos in

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english_sensei made it! (author)2007-10-30

1.any tips on how to keep the lid from burning after a few hours? 2.how about making it last longer without falling apart? 3.has anyone tried drying the pumpkin out in the sun or anything else? as for no.1, initially, it seems OK, as the inside is still moist, but as it dries out, it could become dangerous. i would prefer to use a candle for maximum effect. any suggestions?

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Bongmaster made it! (author)Bongmaster2008-10-29

i heard rubbing a bit or vasoline into the inside, and the cut parts, helps it last a bit longer.

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dontno made it! (author)dontno2008-07-12

I use Chem Lights. Snap it and toss it into the pumpkin. No heat is generated.

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carrierpilot1357 made it! (author)2008-10-14

you should go look for an electric pumpkin carver. They make it a lot easier.

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St0ney made it! (author)2008-07-12

Nice Tut ! St0ney stoneykins.com

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LunaLovegood made it! (author)2007-10-31

The Instructable would be good for beginners, but I'm sort of advanced at this so I got bored. --Luna Lovegood--

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X_D_3_M_1 made it! (author)2007-10-25

i got that lighter. for 25 cents.

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snipegoat made it! (author)2007-10-25

I always add a little rectangular nub popping off the stem when cutting out the top ,so its easier to find where to put it instead of just twisting it for an hour till it fits or just placing it lazily on top so it sticks out (it drives me crazy) you know exactly where it goes like .....stem---- ( )=

do you see what i mean.

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Kiteman made it! (author)Kiteman2007-10-25

Like a key? You could also cut the lid rectangular or triangular for the same reason.

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havanacus made it! (author)2007-10-25

I'd like to add that those seeds make a delicious baked snake with a little salt...

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John Smith made it! (author)2007-10-24

Oh, good instructable.

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