Solar Powered Jack O'Lantern Halloween Decoration

by JoHarrington

This Halloween, light up your garden with glowing pumpkins. Spooky, cute and eco-friendly, all at the same time!

Americans have been carving faces into pumpkins since 1834. It was happening in parts of England and Ireland, as far back as the 17th century!

It's a timely occurrence, as squash come into season with the Fall. All of them ready to be turned into Jack O'Lanterns.

Apparently inspired by will o'th'wisps floating over peat bogs, the hollowed out innards are usually lit with a candle. The soft glow provides a ghoulish looking visage for Halloween night.

This year let your garden come alive at night with a trail of ceramic Jack O'Lanterns, which will not rot by morning.

Jack O'Lanterns as the Souls of the Dead

It's said that Jack O'Lanterns represented souls in Purgatory, visible only on All Hallow's Eve, drifting across the firmament.

Those eerie faces were glimpsed by unwary travelers crossing the marsh and open heath. Crying out for help, on the only night when the veil was thin enough to hear them.

As the centuries passed, house-holders began to imitate those ghastly expressions in hollowed out turnips and squash. Lit from within, those Jack O'Lanterns sat on windowsills in warding against the ghostly souls outside.

By the time the tradition crossed the Atlantic, pumpkin heads meant just one thing - protection from the evil abroad at Halloween. The sight of one burning fiercely was as comforting as it was spooky!

Solar Lighted Decorative Garden Pumpkin By Collections

Sun Lit Jack O'Lantern for your Halloween Night Garden

If Jack O'Lanterns keep away the terrors of the night, then what better source of illumination than the sun?

Collections have come up with this beautiful pumpkin decoration.  It sits in your garden all day, soaking up the rays of the sun.  At dusk, the Halloween Garden Pumpkin switches on, using that stored up energy.

All night long, it glows a soft illumination, gently flashing on and off, until the dawn sees it automatically closing down.  Ready again for another day of charging itself by solar power.

Hand-Painted Ceramic Pumpkin Lights for Halloween

Collections' Solar Lighted Decorative Garden Pumpkins are all hand-painted. These aren't mass produced ceramics, as every one has had the personal touch.

They're pretty cute too!

Fairly hard-wearing, you will be able to use these Jack O'Lanterns every Halloween. Perhaps adding to them each year, in order to create an ever longer trail towards your front door. Unfortunately they are sold individually, though the image gives an idea of what several look like together.

I don't know about you, but I want several!

Image: Solar Lit Jack O'Lantern
Image: Solar Lit Jack O'Lantern

Extra Functionality with the Halloween Pumpkin Lights

Just in case your area isn't quite blessed with sunlight during the day, there is a back up with this Halloween garden decor.  Each ceramic Jack O'Lantern comes complete with a battery.

While the glowing, flashing lights may look fabulous, there is also the capacity to turn them off.  It's not all automatic. Should you require it, there's an on/off switch.

Updated: 10/15/2013, JoHarrington
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JoHarrington on 10/30/2013

Yes, that is a bit of a downside here...

dustytoes on 10/30/2013

This is such a fantastic idea. Now, if only I had some sun....

JoHarrington on 10/10/2013

Oh! I hadn't thought of that. It's not something which naturally occurs to us Britons! But you're right. It would fit Thanksgiving wonderfully too.

AbbyFitz on 10/09/2013

These are pretty and they could be used beyond Halloween, too. These would make great thanksgiving decorations.

JoHarrington on 09/30/2013

Ah! I hadn't thought of that. Superglue them to the floor?

MaggiePowell on 09/30/2013

I'd love to have some of these... hopefully the neighborhood kids won't love them so much they vanish...

JoHarrington on 09/28/2013

Kimbesa - I'm the same. I've not yet seen one in action either. I'm really taken by them though.

JoHarrington on 09/28/2013

Cheryl - It was the fact that they are solar powered, which really stood out to me too. I really like that.

kimbesa on 09/27/2013

Haven't seen a solar pumpkin in person yet, but I'm looking. They are so cute!

CherylsArt on 09/27/2013

They are adorable. I like that they are solar powered.

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