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Source: Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004


  • Clean jars

  • Oil-based enamel paint in black and orange or yellow

  • Paintbrush

  • Extra-wide masking tape

  • Marker

  • Utility knife

  • Plastic-covered 20-gauge wire

  • Needle-nose pliers

  • Small candle (such as the LED candle)


  1. In a well-ventilated area, paint inside of jar orange or yellow until opaque. Apply masking tape to outside. Press out air bubbles. Draw a jack-o'-lantern face in marker on tape (or print out our templates onto adhesive labels). Cut out and peel away features with a utility knife to form a stencil (an adult should do this).

  2. Paint stencil with black paint. When dry, peel off tape.

  3. For a handle, loop the end of wire with pliers. Make a lasso shape that will hug jar. Bend remaining wire over for a handle. Cut wire; make another loop to hook onto ring. Slip ring over jar's mouth; tighten.

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