Jack O Lantern and Happy Halloween

31102010311Today is the Halloween. And to celebrate this day, Galacy and I plan a special gift for ourselves. Most of Chinese are not Christians, including us. So we have no tradition about make pumpkin lantern on the Halloween. And all we got is a small pumpkin that brought at supermarket. And here we began our great Halloween project~ How to make a pumpkin lantern is a brand new question for us. But to Google, it’s not a big problem~ “how to make pumpkin lantern” and we got answers. 😈 So, we gathered all stuff we need first: A knife, a soup ladle and a white vaseline butter… vaseline ? Yup, we really need vaseline. Wait to see when we need it.

😈

Look at this poor little pumpkin for the last glance:

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The fist step is to carve a pentagon on the top of the little lovely pumpkin and grab all stuff out of it~ It’s quite a tough job, because our pumpkin is too small to let the soup ladle in. But finally we made it perfectly. It’s much bigger than we imagined.
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So after that, you might wonder where those stuff inside were gone. Don’t worry, we have clean up perfectly in this way:

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Turn into our lunch 😆

Then we got a empty pumpkin “box”, not a lantern. The next step is to design the funny and horrible “Jack O” face. For the first time to make this, we follow the tradition and draft a normal devil face on it.
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OK, all preparation is done. Time to make our knife move:
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After carving, we need to do a special job for it. To cover the whole pumpkin lantern with vaseline butter. The reason why we do that is to protect it to be oxidized and let it stand fresh for several more days.

To be a lantern, it must be lighten up~ !! Pumpkin Lantern No.1 Launch!!
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At the end, why Halloween pumpkin lantern is called Jack O Lantern?? Let’s check it out on wikipedia:

A jack-o’-lantern (formerly also known as a Jack o’ the lantern) is typically a carved pumpkin. It is associated chiefly with the holiday Halloween, and was named after the phenomenon of strange light flickering over peat bogs, called ignis fatuus or jack-o’-lantern. In a jack-o’-lantern, typically the top is cut off, and the inside flesh then scooped out; an image, usually a monstrous face, is carved onto the outside surface, and the lid replaced. At night, a light is placed inside to illuminate the effect.
Common Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties, carving jack-o’-lanterns, ghost tours, bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, committing pranks, telling ghost stories or other frightening tales, and watching horror films.

Bring your Jack O Lantern and play trick-or-treating 😈

Oct 31st, 2010 | Posted in Fun
  1. Oct 31st, 2010 at 17:27 | #1

    what did you make the draft with? like chalk in the pic.

    BTW, pumpkin lantern seems to have nothing to do with Christian tradition~

  2. Oct 31st, 2010 at 17:51 | #2

    @hengcuo

    Yup, you are right , I just read the wikipedia about that.

    And about the chalk in pic, it was really drafted by chalk stick~

  3. Oct 31st, 2010 at 17:59 | #3

    awesome!

  4. igalacy
    Oct 31st, 2010 at 22:55 | #4

    well, finally we made ourselves jack-o lanter!!! 😆
    It was a tough job but very funny and evil. holalala….
    we may held a costume party next year… i’m the batman, and you will be Chibi Maruko Chan 😈

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