NO Mess Halloween Jack-o’-lanterns for Kids

October 26, 2011

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When I saw these Junkins Jack-o’-lanterns in the October issue of the FamilyFun Magazine, I knew MacGyver would go crazy over this project. Additionally, when we moved into our home built in 1952, left behind in our garage was 50 years of  junk. PERFECT!

And best of all, no cutting, no scooping, no mess . . . a jack-o’-lantern decorating project without any help from Mommy! Once again, PERFECT!

No Mess Halloween Jack-o’-lanterns for Kids


  • pumpkins
  • junk, nuts, bolts, doodads, wires, chains, screws, tacks, pins . . . the possibilities are endless!

I simply showed the kids the picture of the Junkins jack-o’-lanterns in the FamilyFun Magazine and turned them loose in the garage. They collected all sorts of junk and tools like a screwdriver and hammer.

Then they went to work designing and constructing. Each had their own vision!

A little Frankenstein hair here . . .

A few robotic wires there . . .

Frankenstein junk jack-o’-lantern, Grandson #3 , age 9

Behold, the cutest Frankenstein jack-o’-lantern known to man!

Robot junk jack-o’-lantern, MacGvyer, age 8

From MacGyver, a robotic jack-o’-lantern with electric wires, breathing tube and eyes that open and . . .

. . . shoot! Children are so darn inventive!

Halloween Cat junk jack-o’-lantern, Miss Engima, age 4

Miss Enigma created a Halloween cat with ears and teardrop eyes. She designed her pumpkin and I helped her as needed with the tools. I shouldn’t be surprised by the learning that occurs during our project time. But like usual, unexpected teachable moments popped-up. Miss Engima began sorting through all of the junk to find matching items for the eyes and ears. She was searching for pairs of items in specific shapes, sizes and styles.

What last minute Halloween projects are you working on?

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalie October 26, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Ooh, so neat! Maybe next year!

Merelyn - Real Kid Friendly October 27, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I saw this in FF, too.
Why didn’t I think of that?!
I will never carve a pumpkin again!

Last minute project? Boe’s costume.

Sheila @ BrainPowerBoy October 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

Hi Jeannine,
Thanks for stopping by the blog. I had to pop over to see “junk” pumpkins you mentioned in my Really Rockin’ Robots post.
Really neat idea and I love what your kids did with it.
Best wishes,

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