Don’t have your Halloween pumpkin yet? Luckily, there’s an alternative that grows in Hawaii year round and can be found at nearly every major grocery store: pineapple! Pineapples’ spiky exterior makes for a spook-tacular experience and you can reserve the fruit to eat, throw in a smoothie, or make one of your favorite pineapple recipes.
- 1 pineapple
Turn pineapple to its side. Carefully cut out a rectangle and remove. Save the piece for later. This is now the back of your pineapple jack-o-lantern.
Cut out the inside of the pineapple and remove. Be sure to leave the exterior thick enough (about 1 inch) to hold the weight of the pineapple top.
Pat the inside dry with paper towels.
Draw a face on the front of your pineapple and cut it out.
Place flameless lights or glow sticks inside.
Replace the back of the pineapple and you’re pau.
Tip: If you have a pineapple corer, cut off the top of the pineapple, core the pineapple, and then draw and cut out the face.
Note: This is not something that young keiki can help with.