Posted by: kauaikolea2 | October 20, 2014

Pineapple Jack-o-Lanterns for a Kauai Halloween


Boo!  A Pineapple Jack-o-Lantern

Traditionally, a Jack-o-Lantern is a carved pumpkin or turnip that contains a lump of peat.  The earliest Jack-o-Lanterns were used, as the story goes, by Irish children on dark backroads.  They would beg a lump of glowing peat at farm houses….the first record of “trick or treating”.

Today, most Jack-o-Lanterns are pumpkins, large or small, orange or white or green, lit from within by candles or battery-operated lights.

In Hawaii, however, our Jack-o-Lanterns are …..pineapples, what else!  To make a pineapple Jack-o-Lantern, cut off the top, keeping the fronds for some wild hair, and core, keeping the pineapple meat for snacking.  Then simply carve a face, insert a candle, and you will have something resembling an ancient Hawaiian god to place on your doorstep.

Of course, Halloween is not Halloween without treats.  Pineapple, mangos, papaya, coconuts — fresh and dried – are great all year, but at Halloween, only salty/sweet/crunchy/not healthy will do.  King’s Hawaiian, the makers of Hawaiian Sweet Bread and other goodies, offer a number of Hawaiian sandwiches and treats on their website, most of which are healthy. For a salty/sweet/crunchy/not healthy treat try Halloween Snack Mix:

2 c caramel corn

2 c chocolate and peanut butter puffed cereal (eg, Reese’s Puffs)

2 c waffle pretzels

2 c chocolate-covered peanuts in autumn colors only (eg, M and M Harvest Blend)

2 c mini peanut butter cookies (eg, Nutter Butter cookies)


Mix together and portion out into Halloween treat bags.

This Halloween treat should be enjoyed on the lanai of one of our Kauai vacation rentals, lit by a pineapple Jack-o-Lantern, of course.  You can view all our Kauai vacation rentals, with 2 full, 1 queen, or 1 king bed, on our beautiful website:  We look forward to welcoming you and showing your our brand of warm Aloha!



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