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Jack ‘O Lantern Ideas for 2011

Every year I scour the internet looking for good, simple and effective Jack ‘O Lantern patterns. I always find way too many and choosing can be very difficult.

Here’s a ‘few’ that I’ve found this year:


Jack O’ Lanterns of the Past

When I was a kid a Jack O’ Lantern had to be carved every year. I believe I helped as soon as I was old enough, but my memory’s a bit fuzzy about that.

However, once I got to high school age that tradition kind of took a back seat. God, teenagers are such drags, aren’t they? I know they were when I was one and I’m sure they’re just the same now. Just with more gadgets.

I’ve been much better about it since meeting my fellow Halloween-o-phile husband (hey – is there a ‘real’ word for that affliction? Let’s find out. Almighty Google – is there a technical term for those who adore Halloween? Nope, doesn’t look like it. Closest I could find was Halloween Enthusiast) but I have a missed a year here or there.

After watching the movie Trick ‘r Treat (great flick, by the way, HIGHLY recommended) we will never be without one again on Halloween night – and that thing will not be blown out until after midnight. 🙂

Here are some of our Jack O’ Lanterns from the past 7 years:


2004 - Design by Nate Piekos

2004’s design was based on one of the zombie’s from Nate Piekos’ online choose-your-own-adventure zombie story – which he sadly never finished.


2005 - Back off, ya lousy mugs

2005’s lantern was designed by my husband. He was the one that convinced me that simple was the best for cut gourds and he was absolutely right. This is still my favorite lantern.


2006 - Way too Cute for Halloween

In 2006 I carved up a couple of pumpkins I had grown myself. As you can see, I went for ‘cute’ that year, drawing our pets’ faces on the pumpkins. I did later carve these and light them up on Halloween but I never took a picture. I liked how these turned out, but I doubt I’ll go the ‘cute and adorable’ route ever again.


2008 - No Carving, but Plenty of Pumpkins

In 2007 I didn’t carve any pumpkins. We were vacationing during Halloween that year and weren’t home to do anything.

In 2008 I didn’t grow any jack o’ lantern pumpkins – just the pictured Cinderella pumpkins – so I didn’t do any carving that year either. It’s amazing that Burlap Boy didn’t visit and kill us all. Maybe he figured the terror that is our Halloween cat was enough punishment.

Burlap Boy 'Sam'


2009 - Simple is still best

In 2009 I picked up a couple of nice sized gourds at the store and stuck with simple patterns once again. Not my best work, but passable. The bottom was based on that great monster Mike Wazowski.



2010 - All in a Row

In 2010 I got three pumpkins for carving – I only grew pie pumpkins that year, no jack-o-lanterns – and once again went with simple designs. For a couple of weeks they sat on the kitchen steps, grinning at passersby during the day time.

But on Halloween night…

2010 Graveyard

2010 Graveyard

…they lit up our garden graveyard from dusk until after midnight. Unfortunately, this location was a little too far away from the road and you couldn’t really get the full effect from driving by. I still enjoyed building it, though.

This year’s is going to be even better. We’re doing the graveyard again, but next to the road so our hard work can be appreciated by those fool enough to traverse our haunted road on the evilest of evil nights.

And you can be sure that there will be plenty of grinning, grimacing Jacks to protect us from Sammy boy…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

October is only a few days away and you know what that means, right?

October Sky  The Hunt for Red October
Um, well, no, but good try.

No, what October means is HALLOWEEN!

October means Halloween!Since before I could remember I have always loved Halloween. My favorite costume was in 1984. My dad made it. It was a white sheet with the Ghostbusters logo drawn on the front with ‘Ghostbuster in Disguise‘ written underneath. It was nifty.

Nobody got it.

No one would take the time to read it so everyone just thought I was a ghost with the Ghostbusters logo. *sigh* Brilliance is so often unappreciated.

Happy Jack

Happy Jack

Halloween happens to occur during my favorite season of the year.

Autumn Field...with Dog

Autumn Field...with Dog (Photo by me)

Fall is the perfect season for me. Cooler temperatures, low humidity, beautiful foliage – and assuming it’s not debris, buildings or humans, I like it when things fall to the ground. Leaves fluttering in the wind are one of my favorite sights and I get to see this in abundance during the month of October.

Future Jacks

Future Jacks

So, this weekend I will be pulling out the Halloween boxes and choosing what decorations to hang. I hope to finish up my door wreath and maybe make a second for the kitchen door. I normally hang our Pirate Skeleton there but it may be time for a change.

Ah! For the love of FSM! Not that! Anything but that!

Ah! For the love of FSM! Not that! Anything but that!

What have you got planned for the month of October?

It's the most wonderful time of the year...

It's the most wonderful time of the year...