The construction paper jack-o’-lanterns made by a classroom of kindergarteners are delighting the internet in a viral TikTok – even if the kids didn’t exactly follow suit.
TikTok user @ashanngraf shared the video on Oct. 18, and has since racked up more than 2.3 million views, plus over 317,000 likes and 10,000 comments for her video, captioned “1st Holiday Craft with my Kinders!”
The video opens with the example jack-o-lantern made by @ashanngraf to demonstrate to the young students what they will be making – a grinning pumpkin made of strips of orange construction paper on a black background, complete with Goofy’s wide-eyed grin.
The rest of the video, set to a cover of Earth, Wind and Fire’s classic “September,” played badly on recorder, shows the less perfect, but still adorable results. The children’s versions may not have had the orange stripes evenly spaced or had many, many more teeth than expected, but they were still delightful.
“I like the kid versions better than the perfect ones,” TikTokker @kathleenpikelake wrote in the top-rated comment with over 10,000 likes.
“This is exactly why I love kindergarten,” @vparker50 wrote.
“These are all the stages my brain goes through during the day,” @bubbajay007 wrote.
“Kindergarten teachers here – these kinds of activities are always my favorite! Thanks for the laughs!!!!” @julesgirl23 shared.
The clip even made it onto Twitter, shared by @ruemcclammyhand, rack up another 8,000 views.
“every single one of these is amazing,” she wrote. “Tag yourself, I’m the one who looks like Halloween meat wad”, referring to the beloved character of the Adult Swim series Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
While paper jack-o’-lanterns are fun, actual pumpkins are the default—and real jack-o’-lanterns have been at the center of TikTok trends before. Last year saw a trend of people carving their pumpkins with power washers. The technique gives the cut a less straight, more natural look – with the added bonus of leaving the soapy water and gourd insides all over the newly created mouth.
“The result was amazing,” said carver Jana Brown Newsweek in time. “Especially to see how it is in the evening, the children love that part.
“The second one we injected with food coloring to make him green and that turned out super cool,” she added.
Other people, however, have chosen to take their time with the more traditional carving methods and create some very elaborate jack-o’-lanterns. Artist Brent Pumpkins spoke Newsweek in 2019 about some of his techniques – revealing that his Beyoncé squash took over two hours to get right – but also urged people to keep in mind that squash doesn’t last forever.
“I always tell people realistically that it’s a rotten piece of pumpkin. Don’t get twisted. However, everything lasts on social media,” Pumpkins said.
And when Halloween is over – a jack-o’-lantern can become compost, a bird feeder or treats for local zoo animals.
Newsweek contact @ashanngraf for comment.
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