Even if you have not been living under a rock, you may not have heard about the ‘Legend of Stingy Jack.’ Based on an oft-repeated legend (probably invented by an Englishman), the jack-o’-lantern took its name from a roguish Irishman known as Stingy Jack. This man played with the Devil, guaranteeing him that he wouldn’t go to hell for his many and various sins.
However, after Jack died, he found that he was barred from heaven, so he went down below to the depths of Hades, and demanded his due from the Devil. The latter did keep his promise to save him from hell, but he did not mention anything about heaven. So, he doomed Jack to spend his afterlife eternity wandering the earth, accompanied by only an ember of hellfire to light his way. You can’t really play with the Devil, can you?
Thenceforth, according to the tale, Stingy Jack was named Jack O’Lantern.
Apart from the tale, the pumpkin carving custom did not come until Irish immigrants brought it to North America. It was the mid-to-late 19th century when pumpkin carving became an established Halloween tradition.
Before pumpkins, jack-o’-lanterns were made out of potatoes or turnips until Irish immigrants arrived in America. But did you know that you can use other fruits or vegetables for carving? So, why not bring a taste of the tropics to the Fall season? Take for instance fruits like pineapples. They not only are very luscious, but they are very versatile for different uses.
I mean, pumpkins are irreplaceable and go hand in hand with Halloween, but pineapples can make for a great spin off the Halloween tradition as well.
Let’s try something new this Halloween and make your trick-or-treat season even more exciting with this spooky fruit. Follow the step-by-step tutorial below:
What do you need?
2. Carving saw
3. Sharp knife
5. Stencils (optional)
6. Marker (optional)
Cut the top of the pineapple using a sharp knife, but do not toss it. We will need it in the end.
Using a sharp knife core out the center of the pineapple, just like you do with the pumpkin.
To have a perfectly symmetrical jack-o’-lantern, you better miss this step. With a dark marker trace out your stencil, so the cutting process will be easier.
Take a carving saw and start carving out the shapes.
Light a small candle and put it inside the carved pineapple. Take the top of the pineapple from the first step, and here you have the spookiest jack-o’-lantern.
Tip: You can also use LED flameless candles.
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