Try your hand at this tropical twist on a Halloween classic.

By Melanie Fincher
Updated September 23, 2020
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Halloween looks pretty different this year. Try to make the most of it by getting creative with your decor. Pumpkins are so last year — celebrate Hula-ween this year with these pineapple Jack O' Lanterns. It's a lot easier than it looks, and you'll be left with delicious pineapple to enjoy in piña coladas, pineapple upside-down cake, and more.

How to Carve a Pineapple Jack O'Lantern, Step-by-Step

Here's What You'll Need

  • Pineapple
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife with a thin, long blade ($28; Amazon)
  • Pineapple corer ($20; Amazon) or a large spoon/ice cream scoop
  • Tea light in a small jar or a flameless candle ($10; Amazon)

Instructions

  1. Remove the stem. Use a sharp knife to cut off the stem of the pineapple. Set aside for later.
  2. Core the pineapple. Remove the core one of two ways: 1) If you have a pineapple corer ($20; Amazon), use it to remove the center. 2) Use your knife to cut around the inside edge of the pineapple. Cut an X across the fruit to make it easier to remove. Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to scoop out the flesh. Continue to use the knife to loosen the flesh around the edge as you go down.
  3. Carve the face. Use your knife to cut out two triangles for eyes, one triangle for a nose, and a scary grin. Use the tip of your knife to push the cut outs through to the inside, and remove. You'll want to keep your design simple, because the bumpy exterior makes it hard to cut more detailed designs.
  4. Light it up! Keep the pineapple stored into the fridge until you're ready to display. Place a tea light in a small jar or a flameless candle inside to illuminate. Top with the detached stem.

How Long Does a Pineapple Jack O'Lantern Last?

Unfortunately, pineapple Jack O' Lanterns won't last as long as their pumpkin counterparts. Most will last about three to four days before they start to rot, but that's enough time to have them on display for any Halloween festivities you might be planning. Store them in the fridge when it's not dark to preserve for as long as possible.

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