Floating Jack-O-Lanterns are Spooky Fun

Floating Jack-O-Lantern How To - MattandShari.com

Floating Jack-O-Lanterns are spooky fun because you make them as scary as you like, and the fun comes when they appear to float in your yard!

This is a great photo of floating jack-o-lanterns from flickr.com. It’s a photo that is hard to take, so I’m borrowing an expert’s! Some floating jack-o-lanterns are hung from trees, but we decided to stake our floating jack-o-lanterns in the ground with black painted stakes that become invisible at night! Here’s how to make some floating jack-o-lanterns of your own!


  • Foam pumpkins to carve (available at local craft store)
  • Wooden plate (to be used as a base for the pumpkin) or piece of craft wood
  • ½ inch dowel rod
  • Foam paint brush
  • Black craft paint
  • Black magic marker
  • Utility knife or knife with a serrated edge
  • Hot glue gun
  • Battery operated white lights
  • Drill and drill bit
  • Screws


  1. Draw the face you want to carve on the foam pumpkin and carve it out using a utility knife or a knife with a serrated edge.
  2. To prepare the stand for the floating jack-o-lantern, paint the plate or craft board and the dowel rod black. Then, drill a pilot hole through the center of the plate or craft board and attach the dowel rod to the plate by driving a long screw through the plate into the dowel.
  3. Using a hot glue gun, glue the base of the jack-o-lantern to the wooden plate and dowel rod.
  4. Position your floating jack-o-lanterns in the yard by shoving the dowels into the ground. Place the lights inside the jack-o-lantern and let the spooking begin!

We used those short strings of battery-powered lights, and you may find that they shine a little bit brighter than the little battery operated tea lights. It all depends on the size of the pumpkins you choose and just how dark it gets in your yard. Have fun with them and of course never use real candles in foam pumpkins!!


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