Off the Cuff: the Pine-O-Lantern How-To


We’re all pretty familiar with the standard jack-o-lantern, no? Slicing open a pumpkin, scooping out the innards, and carving a masterpiece out of your orange guard is an Autumnal rite of passage. But what if we told you that your jack-o-lantern didn’t have to be carved from the typical pumpkin? That you could choose a different fruit or vegetable, say, a pineapple, and still channel your inner Halloween spirit?

The truth is that we’ve come across a few pine-o-lanterns and we wanted to make one ourselves. It took a little bit of thinking and planning, and now we’re happy to share the how-to with you, dear reader!

What You Need


  • Cutting board
  • Large pineapple
  • Knife
  • Tealight candle


Step 1: Lop Off The Top

Place your pineapple on a cutting board and slice off the top portion. Easy enough, right?


Step 2: Slice It Up and Scoop it Out

Scooping out the insides of a pineapple is kind of tricky compared to doing the same on a regular ol’ punkin. We found that cutting around the inner perimeter and then cutting into fourths made scooping it out out easier.  Once you’ve made your cuts, slowly start scooping pieces on bit by bit. You can use your knife and hands, a spoon, or all of the above.



Step 3: Carving Time

Now’s the fun part: carving a face into your pineapple. There’s something about the triangle eyes and crescent moon mouth that’s positively charming, so that’s the route we went. Feel free to get creative, though! We do recommend a slightly smaller knife for carving, which will give you more control.


Step 4: Tealight and Shine

Finally, light a small candle and place it into your pineapple. Return the spiky top and set out for all to enjoy.



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1 Comment

  1. Rachel 10/30/2014 at 3:30 pm #

    Hahaha what a great idea! Very nice twist on the traditional, looks a little too fiddly for me though. I think I’ll just stick with my own form of pumpkin carving

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