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Jack O' Lanterns on StreetPicture a typical residential block with say a dozen or more homes on each side making for a total of twenty-four or more homes.

Each home has up to thirteen Jack O' Lanterns spread out in a line in front of their property adding up to literally hundreds of glowing Jack O' Lanterns on Halloween night!

Basically all you have to do is talk to your neighbors and convince them to each carve and display thirteen Jack O' Lanterns in front of their property in an evenly spaced line.

Pumpkins down the StreetOrganizing a Jack O' Lantern Lane event is much easier than a block party because all you really have to do is give the information to your neighbors and encourage them to participate in the event.

And unlike a full-fledged block party, you won't need to close off your street. But you will want to make sure that no one blocks traffic with their pumpkins. Below are some tips and suggestions for organizing your own Jack O' Lantern Lane project.


Design and print out flyers for the Jack O' Lantern Lane event. Distribute the flyers to your neighbors one month before Halloween. This gives them time to think it over, make any plans and the let you know if they will participate. Print the flyers on orange paper for added effect. We have created an example flyer made in  MS Word format that you can download (Left click to view the document or Right click and select "Save Target As" to download it) and adapt for your event. Just change what is in "red" and change as needed.

Homeowners can ask their friends and family to bring one or more Jack O' Lanterns to add to the street display. Help out elderly, handicapped and neighbors that are on a tight budget by donating a few pumpkins and some of your time.

Ask your local pumpkin patch or grocery store about a group discount for buying pumpkins. Just tell them what you are trying to organize and how many pumpkins your street will potentially be buying. With the price of an average pumpkin costing around $4.00, you are asking your neighbors to spend up to $52.00 each for the event, so any discount you can get will be appreciated. Be sure to include this information in your flyer and who they should talk to at the pumpkin patch or store to receive the discount.

Let them know that if they are going to carve a lot of pumpkins, they should start the night before Halloween, as it can be very time consuming, particularly if they are going to use complex pumpkin carving patterns. There are methods you can use to extend the life of carved pumpkins.

Suggest that they let all of their friends and family know about the Jack O' Lantern Lane. If you want added publicity, you can let your local news paper, radio and television stations know about it. You can make up a wooden sigh for each end of your street where the Jack O' Lantern Lane begins and ends.

Jack O' Lanterns should not be placed on the actual street, but just on the owners property line if possible. They should be in a straight line and evenly spaced.

Jack O' Lanterns lit with candles should be placed on a cleared area where there is nothing that can catch fire and burn. We highly recommend using votive candles in glass votive candle holders. An alternative is to use battery powered artificial candles such as those available from Pumpkin Lights. Its only one night, but neighbors should watch out for each other just in case vandals decide to smash or steal any of the pumpkins.

Special thanks to Lydia for the wonderful photographs.

The most recent record for the most lit Jack O' Lanterns on display at one time is held by Highwood, Illinois. Highwood set the record on October 31, 2011 displaying some 30,919 pumpkins, beating Boston's 2006 record of 30,128 by 791.



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