Mad Like Alyce


For my Nightmare Before Christmas “Halloween Town Scarecrow” I wanted to try making a mask instead of doing face makeup. Initially I set out to find one of those Halloween candy pails that are shaped like Jack o’ Lanterns, but while roaming around JoAnn Fabrics, I discovered this new product called “Funkins, the carveable pumpkin.”

These fantastic pumpkins are carveable so you can keep the pumpkin year after year without any worries of rot or mess. Although they are a bit pricey, the 50% off coupon at JoAnn made this a perfect fit for my mask.


DIY Jack O’ Lantern Mask

You will need:

  • 1 large Funkin
  • Black acrylic paint and brush
  • Pencil
  • Pumpkin carving knife
  • Black tulle or sheer fabric
  • Hot glue gun
  • Elastic, if necessary


1. Begin by cutting out the hole for your head. Start small, as you can always make it larger. Also, be very careful, as these do carve easily, but too much pressure can make them crack. Don’t start too high on the back, and make the opening just as large as your face, and widen if necessary. Then, bring the hole down far enough on the bottom for the rest of your face and neck.


2. Turn the Funkin around and use the pencil to sketch out your face. In my example, I was intentionally re-creating the scarecrow from Nightmare Before Christmas, so I used a picture as a reference.


3. Carefully carve out your Jack O’ Lantern face. I say carefully, and mean it because while this is a great product, I found that any unnecessary pressure can cause it to crack. I actually had to hot glue in a piece from the face by the nose that broke out.

4. Paint in the inside of the cutout areas (eyes, nose, mouth) with black acrylic paint.


5. Using Tull or sheer fabric , hot glue into the inside of the mask to cover the cutout holes, but still allow you to see out. I doubled up my fabric to make it darker, but I could still see out well.


You can see the cracks and broken piece by the nose if you look closely.

You can just barely see my face through the mask, so it turned out perfect!

jack o lantern mask


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!


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And then knock three times
And when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more!"
The props for Barrel were actually my favorite, even if they are a bit cheesy, and make this costume all the more fun. I'll have to keep an eye out for a skeleton costume this year... I would like to do this one again! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
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We take our job with pride
We do our best to please him
And stay on his good side"
#Nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
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Three of a kind
Birds of a feather
Now and forever
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I wanna do it
Let's draw straws"
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  • "He'II be so pleased by our success
That he'll reward us too, I bet
Perhaps he'll make his special brew
Of snake and spider stew!"
One last shot of Lock... three guesses what the next one is, and the first two don't count ;) #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown
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Inside a nasty trap and wait
When he comes a-sniffing we will
Snap the trap and close the gate"
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  • "Kidnap the Sandy Claws
Lock him up real tight
Throw away the key and then
Turn off all the lights"
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