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Halloween Guide and Ideas


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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 Halloween".

Halloween Movie PumpkinThis 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.

For 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.

Click here to download pumpkin templateThe 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 other 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 Halloween festivities.


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