7 Creative Jack-o’-Lanterns You Don’t Need a Pumpkin For

Some take a little carving, others are simply crafts inspired by the traditional jack-o’-lantern, but none of these festive ideas require an actual pumpkin. 


Paper Plate Pumpkin

Photo by Glued to My Crafts Blog

With no carving tools needed, this kid-friendly craft requires minimal supervision. Simply help make the necessary cuts, and then leave your little one to create his or her own masterpiece. 

Photo and idea from Glued to My Crafts Blog. Get instructions here


Jack-o’-Lantern Fruit Cups

Photo by Intimate Weddings

Carve out a clementine and let this creative “pumpkin” bowl take center stage at the breakfast table on Halloween morning. It’s fun and healthy to keep both kids and parents happy.

Photo and idea from Intimate Weddings. Get instructions here


Pumpkin Magnets

Photo by The Benson Street

Seasonally themed magnets are easy to make—they require just eight supplies, many of which you likely have on hand—and add a festive touch to your refrigerator, locker, or family command center.

Photo and idea from The Benson Street. Get instructions here.


Jack-o’-Lantern Tealights

Photo by Increasingly Domestic

Transform empty glass baby food jars or small mason jars into festive candles to illuminate a spooky dinner in the dark, a porch, or your pathway (when using them outside, consider placing electric lights inside to avoid a fire hazard).

Photo and idea from Increasingly Domestic. Get instructions here.


Popsicle Stick Pumpkin Magnet

Photo by This Girl's Life Blog

If you didn’t deplete your stash making homemade popsicles this summer, put the extras to good use with this fun Halloween craft. Orange and black paint transform the natural wood into a jack-o’-lantern and a curly green pipe cleaner adds the finishing touch.

Photo and idea from This Girl’s Life Blog. Get instructions here.


Make-a-Face Pumpkin Halloween Party Favors

Photo by Sisters Suitcase Blog

Orange soda bottles (labels removed) double as both a beverage and a fun party activity: Tie a dry erase marker onto each bottle with a green ribbon and let each guest draw their own jack-o’-lantern face.

Photo and idea from Sisters Suitcase Blog. Get instructions here


Fruit Jack-o’-Lanterns

Photo by Bev Cooks

In a pinch to carve your jack-o’-lantern this year? Or simply want something the neighbor definitely won’t have too? Use fruits and vegetables you already have in the house—bell peppers, pineapples, oranges—and get carving!

Photo and idea from Bev Cooks. Get instructions here.