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 had nearly 2.3 million views since then, plus over 317,000 likes and 10,000 comments for her video, captioned “1st holiday craft with my kids!”
The video opens with the example jack-o-lantern made by @ashanngraf to demonstrate to the young students what they would make – a grinding pumpkin made from strips of orange construction paper on a black background, complete with goofy wide-eyed grins .
The rest of the video, set to a cover of the Earth, Wind and Fire classic “September” played poorly on recorders, shows the less-than-perfect but still expensive results. The kids’ versions may not have spaced the orange stripes evenly or may have many, many more teeth than expected, but they are still delightful.
“I love the kids versions better than the perfect one,” TikTokker @kathleenpikelake wrote in the top-rated comment with over 10,000 likes.
“This is exactly why I adore kindergarten,” @vparker50 wrote.
“These are all the stages my brain goes through during the day,” @bubbajay007 wrote.
“Kindergarten teacher here – these kinds of activities are always my favorite! Thanks for the laughs!!!!” @julesgirl23 shared.
The clip even made it to Twitter, Shared By @ruemcclammyhand, after 8,000 views.
“Each one of these is amazing,” she wrote. “C’mon I’m the one who looks like Halloween Mitwad,” referring to the beloved character from the Adult Swim series Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
While paper jack-o’-lanterns are delightful, real pumpkins are the norm — and real jack-o’-lanterns have been at the center of TikTok trends before. Last year, a trend saw people carving their pumpkins with power washers. This technique gives the carving a less straight, more natural look – with the added bonus of the soapy water and pumpkin innards leaving through the newly created mouth.
“The result was amazing,” carver Jana Brown said Newsweek At the time. “Especially watching it unfold, the kids loved that part.
“The second we injected with food coloring to make him puke green and that was super cool,” she added.
Other people, however, chose to take their time with the more traditional carving methods and create some very elaborate jack-o’-lanterns. Artist Brent Pumpkins spoke to Newsweek In 2019, he talked about some of his techniques – revealing that his Beyoncé pumpkin took over two hours to get right – but also urged people to keep in mind that squash doesn’t stick around forever.
“I always tell people realistically it’s a nasty piece of squash. Don’t get it twisted. But, everything lasts on social media,” Pumpkins said.
And once Halloween is over – a jack-o’-lantern can become compost, a bird feeder or treats for local zoo animals.
Newsweek Reached out to @ashanngraf for comment.
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