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A jack-o'-lantern (or jack o'lantern) is a carved pumpkin or turnip lantern, associated with the holiday of Halloween and named after the phenomenon of a strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o'-the-wisp or jack-o'-lantern. In a jack-o'-lantern, the top of the pumpkin or turnip is cut off to form a lid, the inside flesh is scooped out, and an image — usually a monstrous or comical face – is carved out of the rind to expose the hollow interior. To create the lantern effect, a light source is placed within before the lid is closed. The light source is traditionally a flame such as a candle or tea light, but artificial jack-'o-lanterns with electric lights are also marketed. It is common to see jack-o'-lanterns on doorsteps and otherwise used as decorations prior to and on Halloween.

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Lights On

Seriously, it took me like 3 hours to do.

Contributed by Darby Oliver


Here's my Jack-O-Lantern that I created last Halloween. Got the idea from Pinterest, but I did this all by myself! So, I'm the owner of this photo is what I'm getting at ;)

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Turn your pumpkin into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle!

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Owl Lovers!

A cute jack-o'-lantern for the owl lovers out there!

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Easy No-Carve cute pumpkin ideas!

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The history of the Jack-O'-Lantern is close to me as it is an old Irish tale and i am fond of Halloween. Legend has it the Jack was a crafty and devious man. He is said to have tricked the devil twice, once in a pub and once more in an apple orchard. Jack is said to have conned the devil into turning himself into a coin to pay for drinks. When the devil did so Jack is said to have picked up the devil and put him in his pocket next to a cross so the devil could not leave. Then after some time Jack let the devil go and said, "do not bother me for a year." and the devil did. When the year passed the devil returned for Jack. When he did he asked the devil to climb a tree and Jack carved a cross in the tree to trap the devil. After Jack set the devil free Jack said, "Do not bother me for ten years." and the devil complied. Jack died before the ten years was up and neither God nor the devil allowed him into either heaven or hell for his wicked deeds. People who knew this carved lanterns out of potatoes or turnips for jack to see at night. When the Irish came to America pumpkins were more prevalent than traditional potatoes or turnips and thus the tradition of pumpkin carving was born.

Contributed by Ethan McNabb

This looks awesome, its great that making a jack-o-lantern has become a true art!

Contributed by Aubrey Merritt

My pumpkin carving of Finn from Adventure Time! I carved this last Halloween.

Contributed by Caitlyn Hertel

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