HOW TO LIGHT YOUR JACK O' LANTERN
Candles have been the age old method of
illuminating Jack O' Lanterns since, well, forever. Regular Votive candles, placed in clear glass candle holders
like the one shown to the right, are
safer, brighter and will last a lot longer than exposed candles. This
size candle is suitable for medium to large pumpkins. For small
candles you may want to use the small tea-light candles. Votive
candles and clear glass candle holders are available at most
department, hardware and art stores. If you use
candles to light your pumpkins, or for any other Halloween activity,
remember, to never leave a lit candle unsupervised. Never use a lit
candle in an artificial pumpkin.
Pumpkin Lights - A New Way To Illuminate Your Pumpkins
the years we've seen several different battery powered units meant
to illuminate your Jack O' Lantern's instead of using candles.
Unfortunately, none of the ones that we've tried have done a very
good job or brought anything new to the fine art of pumpkin display,
Candle Pumpkin Light"
flickers just like a real candle with its three super bright
yellow LED Light Bulbs. If you want the traditional looks of a
flickering candle, but not the hazzard of a real flame, these lights
are for you!
also have the "Amazing Rainbow Pumpkin Light". They added a really
cool special effect where the light emitted changes between seven
different colors, making for a very colorful Jack O' Lantern.
While old-style battery operated lights simply flashed on
and off and didn't seem to last more than a couple of hours, these
lights will run over 72 Hours on one set of AAA batteries, or they
can be powered by an optional AC adapter. This light is suitable for any size
pumpkin it will fit in. We highly you try them out for yourself. Pumpkin Lights are available
option for illuminating your Jack O' Lantern is to use one or more glow sticks placed inside the
pumpkin. This can actually produce an eerie effect. While this is probably the safest way to light a Jack O'
Lantern, most of the glow sticks you find for sale in stores are not very bright.
There are high intensity glow sticks, but they don't produce light
as long and are expensive. If you do use this method
you'll want to place your Jack O' Lantern in a very dark area, so
that you can see the light being emitted from the glow stick.
Pumpkin Light - Pumpkin Masters
While well made, the Safe Pumpkin Light from Pumpkin Masters is a bit of a
disappointment. Even though the light they produce is bright enough, these
simply blink on and off at a steady rate. No flickering or way to
adjust the speed, just blink on, blink off. Installing one of these in
a pumpkin requires you to press the base of the unit into the flesh
at the bottom of the pumpkin. Also, if you use any artificial
pumpkins, these don't work very well, as you can't press them into
the bottom. They are battery operated, so are a safe way to light
your Jack O' Lantern.
Never, ever, use an AC powered
device to light your Jack O' Lantern. Its just to dangerous,
particularly with some many safe lighting options available. Remember, any fire, no matter how small or protected
has the potential for becoming a large and potentially disastrous one. Fire safety should
always be the number one priority. Never leave a lit candle unsupervised.
Never leave children unattended with a lit pumpkin, candles or other
source of fire.
Have one or more fire
extinguishers readily available and see that everyone in your household knows how to use
them. Make sure your home has plenty of smoke detectors, that they
are properly installed and they all have fresh batteries.