HALLOWEEN MOVIE JACK O' LANTERN
If you ask
anyone what they think is the number one classic Halloween movie ever
made is, I think close to a hundred percent would
say that it would have to be the one and only "John Carpenter's
This should come as no
surprise, as this incredible movie, released way back in 1978, has stood the test of
time with it unique and frightening storyline, fledgling, but talented actors, great
cinematography, an extremely recognizable music
score and of course that creepy Jack O' Lantern in the title sequence at the
beginning of the film.
Most people immediately recognize this Jack O' Lantern, or get a puzzled
look and say that it looks very
familiar to them.
Every year we are asked how to carve a pumpkin to look like the one
in the beginning of the movie.
many years, we've carved this style of
Jack O' Lantern free-hand and placed it in a darkened area on
our front porch or in a window on Halloween night.
The first time was in the eighties when I
"paused" the VHS tape of the movie and used a grease pencil to draw the features onto a
pumpkin by hand and then carved it out with a thin bladed kitchen knife.
The first thing you need to
do is to buy a
pumpkin with a shape as similar to the one shown as possible. It should be
round for the most part and be about twelve to fourteen inches in size. Gut and
clean out the inside of the pumpkin before carving as you normally would.
So that you don't have to load up the DVD of the film and try to duplicate it by sight, we have made a
pumpkin pattern that looks very close to what it looked like, which you can
download here. Simply print it out and tape it to the pumpkin as you would with any
pumpkin carving stencil.
Once you have transferred the
image from the stencil to the face of the pumpkin using the
transfer tool of your
choice, start by
cutting out the eyes. Take note that these are cut out slightly
different from the rest of the face in that they are cut at an angle as you
can see in the picture from the movie.
Next, cut out the irregular
shaped mouth and then the knife blade of a nose. Lastly, remove the stem from the cap
by snapping or cutting it off. That's it, a recreation of
this famous Jack O' Lantern that you can proudly display at part of your