Introduction: Traditional Jack-O-Lantern
Also known as a 'Hoberdy's Candle', a traditional Jack-O-Lantern using a turnip or rutabaga is quite easy to make...
A large turnip or rutabaga
A large metal spoon
A sharp paring knife
String, thin rope or metal wire
A tea-light candle
Matches or a lighter
A metal skewer
Step 1: Cut Off the Top
Much like carving a pumpkin, start with cutting a circle out of the top. Insert your knife on an angle to prevent the lid from falling into the hollow you will make.
Step 2: Carve Out the Centre
Much tougher than a pumpkin, it will take time and dedication to hollow out your Jack-O-Lantern.
You can save what you remove and cook it later if you like.
Use the knife to start you off and the large metal spoon to scoop out the insides.
Step 3: Make a Face
Using your sharp paring knife, carve out a simple face. The uglier the better as Jack-O-Lanterns only get scarier with age.
Step 4: Add a Handle
Pierce the turnip through with a skewer or use another sharp implement to make a hole on either side of your Jack-O-Lantern.
Attach either string or metal wire to these holes and give yourself a handle.
Step 5: Light the Candle
Place a candle inside, light it, and the place the lid on top. Now you have a traditional and functional Jack-O-Lantern.
Step 6: Take It Out Into the Night
Use your lantern to guide you through the dark of night on all hallow's eve or let the ghastly light it casts scare unwary travellers as you pass.
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