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A carved pineapple jack-o'-lantern mean-mugs from the bar


Pineapples are the new pumpkins: Tropical jack-o’-lanterns are this year’s Halloween craze

Halloween has always motivated people to crank up their creativity. This year, along with all the ways people will decorate their houses, office desks and themselves, there’s a newer, sweeter way to carve a uniquely cute or creepy face into your pumpkin: Use a pineapple instead.

The idea of making pineapple jack-o’-lanterns is catching on quickly on social media and gaining momentum. And people are going banan… well, pineapples maybe, or a little bit tiki (perhaps coconuts?) over the new phenomenon, and they're sharing photos of their fruitful works all over the web.

According to a story at Insider, since pineapples are usually smaller and lighter than the type of pumpkins people use to carve lanterns, it takes a lot less to handle one from purchase to carving, on to disposal.  Plus, as the article states, “pineapple is way easier to cut through than a pumpkin. The only tricky part is seeing your work—use the thorns to track your design.”

Not to mention, the rough-textured skin and spiking leaves make for a punk rock interpretation of the traditional Halloween decoration. And besides, what you pull out when coring the pineapple will help you make an absolutely killer Halloween pina colada.

There are a few drawbacks: Tthe smaller space on a pineapple, compared to a pumpkin, presents the biggest challenge for jack-o’-lantern makers who might be used to having more room to make the cuts. Pineapples also don't last as long as a pumpkins when they’ve been carved, gutted and left outside (not to mention that bugs like sweet-smelling fruit just as much, or more, as you), so unless you plan to carve more than one, you probably want to wait until you get closer to the date.

That said, it’ll probably be much easier to turn that pineapple into something easier to eat or drink instead of pumpkin. Let’s just hope we can avoid a pineapple-spiced latte market assault around this time next year if the idea really takes off.

Read the full story and get tips on carving your own pineapple jack-o'-lantern at Insider

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Mike Jordan is Southern Kitchen's former associate editor. He was also the host of our podcast, Sunday Supper. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Huntsville Times, American Way, Upscale, Time Out, NewsOne, Fatherly and Thrillist, where he served as the founding Atlanta editor. He lives in East Point, Ga., with his amazing wife and daughter, and loves writing, playing alto saxophone, cooking, craft beer, and cocktails. He is admittedly much better at these things than basketball, so never choose him for your pickup team.