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10 Easy Jack-O-Lanterns with No Pumpkin Involved

Do you not like the idea of giving a sharp knife to your three-year-old? Or do you get queasy at the sight of gooey pumpkin innards?

Lucky for you, there are lots of ways to make a Halloween jack-o-lantern that skip the pumpkin entirely.

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1. Orange Brownie Trifle Jack-O-Lanterns: For the best smelling jack-o-lanterns ever, try out these adorable miniature jack-o-lanterns which are made from oranges filled with brownie trifles. You can even let everyone in your family make their own jack-o-lantern before you serve up dessert.

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2. Paper Mache Jack-O-Lanterns: It's sad to carve a pumpkin and then watch it turn moldy just a few days later. If you want a jack-o-lantern that looks like a pumpkin but lasts more than a week or two, you can make jack-o-lanterns out of paper maché.

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3. Watermelon Jack-O-Lanterns: Unless you're roasting the seeds, the insides of a pumpkin usually go completely to waste after you carve it. But if you carve a watermelon instead, you can turn those insides into a delicious fruit salad. Plus the green color of a watermelon opens up all kinds of carving possibilities, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

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4. Glowing Balloon Jack-O-Lanterns: Are you decorating for a Halloween party but want to avoid the mess (and funky burning pumpkin smell) of pumpkins and candles? Just draw a jack-o-lantern face into a balloon and fill it with a glow stick to make a festive balloon jack-o-lantern.

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5. Milk Jug Jack-O-Lanterns: For an easy DIY jack-o-lantern that's safe around even the smallest of kids, you can re-purpose old milk jugs into glowing lanterns with spooky faces.

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6. Tin Can Pumpkin Jack-O-Lanterns: By punching holes in painted tin cans you can create folky tin jack-o-lanterns that will last for many years.

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7. Butternut Squash Jack-O-Lanterns: Pumpkins get all the attention at Halloween, but the truth is that almost all kinds of squash can be carved into a jack-o-lantern. Or for a softer, sweeter kind of jack-o-lantern, paint a face on a squash and use succulents for hair.

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8. Paper Bag Jack-O-Lanterns: Looking for a Halloween craft idea that's extremely affordable? Kids can go wild making as many jack-o-lanterns as they want when they're just cutting faces in orange paper bags and lighting them with battery-operated tea lights.

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9. Lampshade Jack-O-Lanterns: You can quickly create jack-o-lanterns out of the lamps that are already in your home by making jack-o-lantern lampshade covers.

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10. Glass Jar Jack-O-Lanterns: This easy DIY project for making jack-o-lanterns from old jars is an easy project for kids of all ages to participate in, no knives, spoons, or pumpkins required!

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