I’ve decided that I can’t be bothered to carve pumpkins this year. Too much effort, too much mess, and not enough of an audience to justify the blistered fingers (no trick or treating in our building, boooo!). Plus, who needs jack-o’-lanterns when you can make these adorable, versatile orange-o’-lanterns? The innards are easier to eat and more delicious than pumpkin guts, the peel is soft and easy to carve, and you can use them as cups for just about anything you want! Candy, pudding, popcorn…the sky’s the limit, people.

Happy almost Halloween!

Recipe type: Snack, Fun
  • Oranges
  • Candies (M&M's, Skittles, jelly beans...whatever!)
  • Sharp knife
  1. Using a sharp knife, slice off the top of an orange and set it aside.
  2. Using the same sharp knife, cut around the edges of the orange and scoop out the fruit. (Be careful not to cut away too much of the white pith stuff -- I cut one of my lanterns too thin and the oils from the peel melted my candy.)
  3. Use a spoon to scrape out whatever you couldn't pull out the first time, until you have a mostly clean, hollowed out intact orange peel.
  4. Rinse with water, and pat dry.
  5. Carefully carve spooky faces into the side of the peel. (If you want to have one of them falling over/spilling candy like mine, carefully cut off a small, flat piece on the spot where you want your orange to be balanced, to create a little flat platform.)
  6. Freeze or chill in the fridge until you're ready to use your orange-o'-lantern.
  7. Fill with candy, and enjoy!
I bet these would be great pudding cups too. Everything would take on a nice orange-y flavor :)

(Inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie)


    • justputzing says

      Thanks! Just be sure to leave a thick layer of that white pith stuff — I cut one of mine too thin and the oils from the peel melted my M&M’s!

  1. Meg says

    I wanna do this for Halloween, thanks for the idea :)
    I wonder if anyone has an idea of what we could do with the fruit?

    • justputzing says

      I just ate my oranges as I was cutting them, but you could also probably make a fruit salad, or juice the fruit for breakfast?

      • Arne says

        a nice idea if you are going to make a punch is to cut the orange fruit pieces in to smaller pieces, get two latex gloves already cleaned out. fill the gloves with the pieces and water. freeze it and let it float in the punch to keep it cool, it will look like witch hands floating around. you can also mix the water with another colour cold drink to give it a more visible and scary look

  2. tracey c says

    I have made these before for school treats. Cut the oranges in bite sized pieces and mix with grapes and apples and fill oranges for fruit cup. Cut a slit in the “lid” of the orange o’ lantern and slide a green spoon in (spoon part down so when you put the lid on it’s in the orange) for stem. I think it was in Family Fun magazine.

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