Simple Luminaries for Halloween

Created December 8, 2016
Halloween luminaries
Light up the night with our super-simple ideas. MORE+ LESS-

Make Halloween even more brilliant with easy family-fun projects that include luminaries for your yard and pumpkin templates to add an extra giggle.

doughboy pumpkin carving

Free Downloadable Pumpkin Templates

Take the guesswork out of carving your jack-o'-lantern. Download our awesome pumpkin-carving templates to make a jack-o'-lantern that's giggle-worthy.

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orange bags with jack o lantern faces

Spooky Paper Sacks

Done in minutes!


colorful papers sacks

pen or pencil


sand or gravel

tea light candles or battery-powered votive


For a super simple luminary, punch holes to spell out spooky words or cut jack-o"-lantern faces into paper sacks.
Fill sacks with sand or gravel to stabilize candles or votives.

Line the walk to your front door with these glowing bags to set a spooky scene for trick-or-treaters. Enjoy a safe Halloween-don't leave luminaries unattended.

grapefruit with jack o lantern face

Juicy Jack-O'-Lanterns

Make mini jack-o'-lanterns from grapefruits!



pen or felt-tip marker

paring knife

melon baller or grapefruit spoon

tea light candles or battery-powered votives


Draw a face onto the side of the grapefruit (a pen or felt-tip marker works best). Carefully slice of the top of the grapefruit. Scoop out the contents with a melon baller or grapefruit spoon, using a knife to cut the fruit away from the sides of the grapefruit.

Using a sharp paring knife, cut out the features of the jack-o'-lantern.

Set a tea light candle or batter-powered votive inside the grapefruit. Arrange the jack-o'-lanterns on a mantel or and outdoor table.