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Jack-O-Lantern: A History

Jack-O-Lanterns with various facial expressions

Have you ever wondered how the practice of turning a pumpkin into a scary jack-o-lantern started? Here’s the story:

 Jack-o-lantern sounds Irish because it is. The flickering, carved pumpkin faces that animate the American Halloween derive from an old Irish custom of creating rustic lanterns from vegetables. The Irish child’s typical Halloween flashlight was a hollowed-out turnip or potato with a candle inside. When the Irish landed in America in the nineteenth century, they were quick to spot the possibilities in the pumpkin, and a new tradition was born.

Jack-O-Lantern Treat Cups

Share the story of the “Birth of the Jack-O-Lantern” with these yummy treat cups! Just right-click the image to save and print as is! 🎃

Jack-O-Lantern Treat Cup Recipe


  • oranges
  • choice of filling: mousse, pudding, Jell-o
  • choice of garnish: Whipped cream, candy
  • knife
  • spoon


  1. Follow the instructions on the filling and set aside.
  2. Cut tops of oranges. Scoop out the inside of oranges with spoon. Keep orange pieces if you wish to include as part of your filling.
  3. Cut out the jack-o-lantern face, careful not to cut all the way through.
  4. Spoon filling into the orange cups and refrigerate.
  5. Garnish, place lids back on oranges and serve.

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Toilet Paper Pumpkins

Toilet Paper Pumpkin
Toilet Paper Pumpkin

Happy DIY Friday! Running out of time to decorate for fall? Don’t worry! These 5-minute pumpkins are the perfect do-it-yourself activity for the holidays.

You Will Need:

  • Full Toilet Paper Roll
  • Bandana or 22 x 22-inch fabric of your choice
  • Stick
  • Green Pipe Cleaners

To Begin:

1. Start with a full, unused toilet paper roll.

2. Next, unravel your toilet paper roll partially.

3. After your toilet paper roll is unraveled, loosely rewrap the toilet paper around the roll. Be sure to twist as you roll to really round out your pumpkin.

4. Next, lay your bandana or 22 x 22-inch piece of fabric flat on the surface in front of you and place your toilet paper roll right in the middle.

Toilet Paper Pumpkins
Toilet Paper Pumpkins

5. With a corner of the fabric in hand, fold and stuff it into the center of your toilet paper roll. Repeat with all four corners.

6. Next, stick a plain old stick from outside into the center of your pumpkin to create the stem.

7. Finally, grab a pipe cleaner. Twirl it around your finger or a pencil to make it curl. Stick it in the center of your pumpkin for a finishing touch!

Toilet Paper Pumpkin
Toilet Paper Pumpkin

And there you have it, an easy, 5-minute pumpkin!

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