Pineapple Jack-o'-Lantern

Happy Hula-ween! Here, we put a tropical twist on a Halloween tradition by carving a toothy grin into a pineapple instead of a pumpkin.

pineapple carved into a jack-o'-lantern

For this project, select a pineapple that is free of blemishes, but not overly ripe (otherwise, you're in for a sticky mess while carving). The carved pineapple will drip from the inside, especially when heated from the candle; therefore, we recommend placing the tea light on top of a small saucer or coaster.

What You'll Need


  • Pineapple
  • Pineapple corer
  • Knife
  • LED tea lights
  • Optional for Batty Pineapple: black cardstock paper, bamboo skewers, tape, scissors


  1. pineapple carved into a jack-o'-lantern

    Cut off stem of pineapple and use the pineapple corer to hollow the pineapple; remove the pit with a knife.

  2. Carve a jack-o'-lantern face in the pineapple as you would a pumpkin. (Tip: Due to it's stickiness, drawing out a design on the pineapple with a marker doesn't work that well so you will have to freehand.)

  3. Place LED tea light where the pit was removed.

  4. Optional for Batty Pineapple: Cut out bat wings from black cardstock and tape to bamboo skewers. Insert into sides of pineapple. (Tip: We used 2 bamboo skewers, broke them in half, and used only the pointed ends.)

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