Would you like to have Smokey Bear looking at your trick or treaters from a Halloween Jack O’Lantern? Here’s how, thanks to the Virginia Department of Forestry:
Print this stencil, which looks like this, below:
Cut out the “black pieces” from the stencil sheet, using an x-acto knife or similar tool.
Tape stencil sheet onto pumpkin.
Use a fine-line marker and draw the image ‘through the holes” onto the pumpkin.
Cut these pieces away from the pumpkin.
Or, Option #2
Tape the stencil onto the pumpkin.
Using a pin or other sharp tipped tool “pin-prick” the edge of all the black portions of the stencil.
Remove the stencil, and connect the dots/pin-pricks with a marker.
The 1942 movie Bambi (see the fire scene above) and a 1964 public service announcement featuring Smokey Bear and Bambi (below), influenced a couple of generations, making it difficult for the public to think of fire in the forest as anything other than a terrible menace that to be defeated, prevented, or immediately suppressed at any cost. The struggle to accept prescribed fire as a legitimate forest management practice continues to this day.