Jack-o'-Lanterns

This passage is about jack-o'-lanterns and how they are created.

Lexile Level: 570L

Categories: History Animals & Nature Art & Music


On Halloween, it is a tradition to carve a pumpkin. These carved pumpkins are lighted with a candle. They are called jack-o'-lanterns. The tradition began in Europe. Europeans carved scary faces into gourds and turnips. They were lighted and used to keep evil spirits away on Halloween. With the help of an adult, you can make your own jack-o'-lantern. The first step is to cut an opening in the top of the pumpkin. You should save the piece to use as a lid. Next clean out the inside of the pumpkin. The seeds can be saved for baking and eating. Then draw your design on the pumpkin. You can make a scary face, an animal design, or even a happy face. It is important to let an adult help you carve out the holes. Finally light a candle and place it inside. You are now ready to celebrate Halloween.


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