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The Jack-o-Lantern Reinvented

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The Jack-o-Lantern Reinvented

Marc J. Sievers

Halloween is less than 24 hours away and I am always looking for last minutes decorating ideas.  I don’t think there is anything more iconic that the Jack-O-Lantern trick or treat pale!  As a little boy I would get so excited when I saw them in the grocery store or pharmacy because that always meant that Halloween was coming.  Now that I’m no longer trick or treating (shocking, I know!) I really wanted to find a way to incorporate this icon into my All Hallows Eve celebration.  I also wanted to make sure that all of the supplies I needed where going to be readily available at your grocery store, pharmacy, or even elements you might already own.

Accenting with glitter adds some extra glamor during the day to an ordinary plastic decoration.

The large opening of the lantern allows the heat from the tea light candles to escape easily.

Using just a few key materials I was able to create this adorable illuminated Jack-O-Lantern! This lantern is such a festive addition to your dining table, kitchen counter, or even in multiples lining your walkway and driveway helping those little goblins find your front door and ultimately the candy!  I hope everyone has a safe and candy-filled Halloween!  Remember, brush your teeth before bedtime!


Supplies (makes 1 lantern)

  • Jack-O-Lantern
  • White Glue
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Black Glitter
  • Dried Beans or Rice
  • 3 Tea Light Candles and Holders

Directions

  1. Using a small paint brush, fill in the eye, nose, and mouth areas with white glue.
  2. Sprinkle the glue covered areas generously with glitter.  Gently shake the excess glitter off onto a paper towel.  Wipe away excess glitter from the outside of the lantern with a damp paper towel.
  3. Fill the bottom of the lantern with enough dried beans or rice to weight it down.
  4. Nestle the tea light holders in the middle of the lanterns’ base.
  5. Place a tea light candle in each holder and light with a long match or stick lighter.