The paper jack-o’-lanterns made by a classroom of preschoolers are enjoying the Internet on a viral TikTok – even if the kids don’t follow suit.
TikTok user @ashanngraf shared the video on October 18, and it has since garnered more than 2.3 million views, and more than 317,000 likes and 10,000 comments for his video, in called “1st Holiday Craft with my Kinders!”
The video opens with a jack-o-lantern made by @ashanngraf to show the young students what they’ll be making—a colorful pumpkin made out of orange craft paper pieces instead Black, full and wide-eyed.
The rest of the video, set to a cover of the Earth, wind and fire classic “September” played poorly on the recorders, shows negative results but still good. The orange slices may not be evenly spaced or there may be more teeth than expected, but it’s still nice.
“I love childish behavior more than anything,” wrote TikTokker @kathleenpikelake in the top comment with 10,000 likes.
“This is why I love kindergarten,” wrote @vparker50.
“These are all the stages my brain goes through during the day,” wrote @bubbajay007.
“Kindergarten teacher here – these activities are always my favorite! Thanks for the laugh!!!!” @julesgirl23 shared.
The clip was posted to Twitter, sharing by @ruemcclammyhand, amassing 8,000 views.
“Everything is amazing,” he wrote. “Mark yourself like I’m the Halloween meatwad,” refers to the beloved character of the adult swimming series. Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
While paper jack-o’-lanterns are cute, real pumpkins are the norm — and real jack-o’lanterns have been at the center of TikTok trends before. Last year, people found themselves carving their pumpkins with power washers. The technique gives the carving a more precise and more natural look—with the added bonus of leaving the soapy water and gourd in the newly created mouth.
“The result is amazing,” said sculptor Jana Brown Newspaper by the time. “Looking at the ooze, the kids love that part.
“The second thing we do is we dye it with food coloring to make it greener and better,” he said.
Others chose to take their time with traditional carving methods and make jack-o’-lanterns. Artist Brent Pumpkins spoke with Newspaper in 2019 about some of his techniques—revealing that his Beyoncé pumpkin took more than two hours to perfect—but also urged people to remember that dirt doesn’t always stick.
“I always tell people honestly it’s a piece of shit.
After Halloween—a jack-o’-lantern can become compost, bird feeders or crafts for local zoo animals.
Newspaper @ashanngraf has been contacted for comment.
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