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8 Creative Jack-O-Lantern Designs for Kids


Who doesn’t LOVE pumpkin carving and pumpkin decorating ideas?? I look forward to it every year, and I am in search of the most excellent jack-o-lantern ideas to make with my boys.

Creative Jack O Lantern Designs for Kids

Fun Facts about Pumpkin Carving

Before diving into these fantastic ideas, I thought it would be fun to let you in on a bit of jack-o-lantern history. There is excellent folklore around jack-o-lanterns.

I encourage you to research the stories! In the meantime, here are a few fun facts about jack-o-lanterns:

  • Originated in Ireland
  • First, used turnips and potatoes rather than pumpkins
  • The name “jack-o-lantern” came in the 17th century and referred to a man carrying a lantern or a night watchman.
  • The tradition came to the United States with Irish immigrants in the 19th century
  • They were known to ward off evil spirits

Related Read: Montessori Halloween Activities

Creative Jack O Lantern Designs for Kids

Jack-O-Lantern Designs for Kids

For some kids ‘carving,’ a pumpkin is just too tricky, especially for our littlest ones! That’s why I love this one! Making a hedgehog is the perfect jack-o-lantern activity for toddlers and preschoolers!

Pumpkin With Braces

Creative pumpkin ideas are so fun to browse through! I loved this pumpkin with braces! A few sequins and a sparkly string are all it takes to make a pumpkin with braces!

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Baby’s First Jack-O-Lantern

For your itty bitties- here is the cutest idea to make a jack-o-lantern that welcomes your newborn into the world!

I’ve also seen pictures of newborns inside a carved pumpkin, so if you get a big enough pumpkin, you can start with some adorable photos! :)

Baby's First Halloween Jack-O-Lantern

Carrot Nose Pumpkins

Frosty has a carrot nose, so why not do the same for a pumpkin?! I thought these carrots made the perfect witch nose! They would be such a cute decoration on your front porch!

This jack-o-lantern is so pretty! And such a perfect way to introduce a lesson on astronomy!

Clock Pumpkin

How very Montessori is this adorable time-telling pumpkin?!

Finding Nemo Pumpkin

I thought this was way too perfect! This is probably one of the most adorable pumpkins I have seen!

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