Zack’O’Lanterns 2.0: Let’s get Pump(kin)ed


White punpkins are all the rage this Halloween season. Use crayons and a hairdryer for a creative twist without the knife.

Zack Shapiro, A&E Editor

Its been almost a year since I shook up the Jack’O’Lantern scene with my article “Carving Up October” and now I’m back to change the game again. Throw everything you know about pumpkin carving out the window; this is not for the faint of heart.

The latest craze taking over the pumpkin industry is white pumpkins. While last Halloween retro orange pumpkins were all the rage, this year classic is out and edgy is in. You could always run down to your local pumpkin patch and grab the first white pumpkin you see, but if you want to take things up a notch this Halloween, visit where you can order 20 white pumpkins delivered to your door.

If you’re carving on a budget, a local pumpkin patch will work if you know what you’re looking for. Find a white pumpkin free of holes or blemishes with a strong, sturdy stem and a plump, round shape. Once you have found the perfect white pumpkin, it’s time to get down to business. Leave the knives at home, this one is unconventional.

The next stop on the road to pumpkin glory is at the local art supply store to pick up a box of crayons. Pick out your favorite colors and peel off the wrappers and cut them in half. Then, organize them in a star formation around the stem of the pumpkin, all pointing out in different directions. Use glue to keep them attached to the pumpkin.

This next step gets a little messy, so it might be a good idea to put your pumpkin on top of a garbage bag. Carefully take a hair dryer and use it to melt the crayons so that the wax drips down the pumpkin, making a beautiful design. Once the design is to your liking, let the pumpkin sit until the wax dries. When they’re ready, put your brand new trendy pumpkin on your doorstep for everyone to see. You’re sure to be the envy of your block.