Traditional jack-o-lanterns made from hollowed pumpkins lack the durability and portability so much desired by Halloween pranksters. A good substitute that fills all the practical requirements can be made from a large gourd of the necked variety.
The gourd selected should be properly dried and coated with shellac or orange-colored enamel. Cut eyes, nose and mouth in the appropriate design, then cut off the neck of the gourd at a point just below the bulbous end.
Fit the lens of a large flash-light into the opening, trimming or padding the opening as required to obtain a snug fit. The flashlight is held securely in place with several turns of cellulose tape.
What other crafts could this inspire? A string of gourd ‘heads’ lit with LED bulbs, perhaps?