The construction paper jack-o’-lanterns made by a kindergarten classroom are enjoying the internet in viral TikTok – even if the kids didn’t exactly follow suit.
TikTok user @ashanngraf shared the video on October 18, and it has since garnered almost over 2.3 million views, as well as more than 317,000 likes and 10,000 comments for her video, titled “1st Holiday Craft with my Kinders!”
The video opens with the jack-o-lantern example made by @ashanngraf to show the young students what they would be doing – a grinning pumpkin made from strips of orange construction paper on a black background, complete with goofy wide-eyed grin.
The rest of the video, set to the Earth, Wind and Fire classic “September” cover badly on recorders, shows the less perfect but still adorable results. The children’s versions may not have evenly spaced the orange strips or many teeth may be much larger than expected, but they were still enjoyable.
“I love the kid versions better than the perfect version,” TikTokker @kathleenpikelake wrote in the top comment with over 10,000 likes.
“This is exactly why I love kindergarten,” wrote @vparker50.
“These are all the steps my brain goes through during the day,” @bubbajay007 wrote.
“Kindergarten teacher here – these kinds of activities are always my favorite! Thanks for the laugh!!!!” @julesgirl23 shared.
The clip even made it to Twitter, shared by @ruemcclammyhand, racking up another 8,000 views.
“All of these are amazing,” she wrote. “tag yourself I’m the one who looks like a Halloween meatwad,” referring to the beloved character of the Adult Swim series Aqua Force Hunger Teens.
While paper lanterns are cute, the actual pumpkin is the standard – 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. The technique gives the carving a less direct and more natural look – with the added benefit of letting the soapy water and pumpkin innards exit through the newly created mouth.
“The result was amazing,” said carver Jana Brown News Week at the time. “Especially to watch it on ooze, the kids loved that part.
“The second one we injected with food coloring to make it puke green and it turned out great,” she said.
Others, however, chose to take their time with the more traditional carving methods and create some elaborate jack-o’-lanterns. Artist Brent Pumpkins spoke to him News Week in 2019 about some of his techniques – revealing that his Beyoncé pumpkin took more than two hours to get right – but he also urged people to keep in mind that squash doesn’t last forever.
“I always tell people realistically it’s a rotten piece of squash. Don’t get it twisted. However, everything lives on social media,” Pumpkins said.
And when Halloween is over – lanterns can be composted, as bird feeders or treats for local zoo animals.
News Week contacted @ashanngraf for comment.
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