Jack O’Lantern Sizes

Jack o Lantern sizes can be incredibly diverse. The largest Jack o Lantern on record was created by Scott Cully on October 31, 2005 (Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania). It weighed in at 1,469 lb (666.33 kg).

Other Jack o Lanterns

Jack o Lantern pumpkins sold by manufacturers differ in size and style. The Light-Up Jack O Lantern by Gemmy is white with some brown stripes. It also has a stone finish. There is also a red light emanating from both the eyes and nose.

The cord is around 6.5’ long. It is made of hard foam. The pumpkin is 9.5" high x 9.5" wide x 9" deep. The pumpkin utilizes a Type 7 red bulb. The Light Up Sparkling Halloween Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin measures 10”. Other Jack o Lantern sizes are available from other manufacturers like Wilton and Annalee.

The biggest pumpkin (as opposed to a Jack o Lantern) weighs 1,725 lbs. The pumpkin was grown by Kristy and Nick Harp. In terms of most number lit simultaneously, it is 30,128 Jack-o Lanterns at Boston Common (October 21, 2006).

Note: the Jack o Lanterns mentioned here are pumpkins. Today the term is used for Halloween themed T-shirts, night lights, cake pans etc. The dimensions of these products differ depending on the manufacturer.

How to Make a Jack o Lantern Pumpkin

Required Tools and Materials

Paring knife
Large pumpkin
Black permanent marker
Butcher knife
Thrash bag
1 candle

Step 1

Make a circle or hexagon above pumpkin.

Step 2

Thrust the butcher knife in the pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin along the circle / hexagon. Depending on the Jack o Lantern size, this process may be swift or take awhile. Take off the top.

Step 3

Get rid of the rind using the butcher knife. Make a notch at the top so hot air can get out. This is necessary so the pumpkin doesn’t get damaged by the heat.

Step 4

Get the spoon and take away the filaments and seeds. Throw them in the trash bag. Also remove some of the rind in the pumpkin.

Step 5

Draw the eyes, nose and mouth on the pumpkin. Let the marker dry for a couple of minutes. Note: a large Jack o Lantern size pumpkin is recommended for first timers; they’ll be easier to draw on.

Step 6

Cut the eyes, nose and mouth with the paring knife. Throw away the pieces.

Step 7

Put the candle inside the pumpkin.


After cutting out the pattern, make angled cuts with a knife. This helps in bringing out the light from within the pumpkin. If you want more intricate cuts on the pumpkin, use a rotary tool. You’ll need a sizeable pumpkin though; fancy designs can be hard to do on small ones.

There is no shortage of this stuff in stores and online. You can avoid the rush by shopping on the Net. This way you can get a good look at the object and decide what Jack o Lantern size is the right one for you.

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