Smokey Bear Jack O’Lanterns, 2016

Above: carved by Marta Lujan at the Junkins Fire southwest of Pueblo, Colorado.

Here are photos of Smokey Bear Jack O’Lanterns sent to us by our readers so far this year.

Smokey Bear Jack O'Lantern
Seen at the Junkins Fire southwest of Pueblo, Colorado. Photo by Allen.
Smokey Bear Jack O'Lantern
By Doug Alexander.

Instructions with a template for carving your Smokey Bear Jack O’Lantern.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Allen and Doug.

Smokey Bear Jack O’Lantern

Smokey Jack O'Lantern
Smokey Jack O’Lantern by Crystal Fajt, October, 2014.

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:

smokey stencil halloween


Option #1

  1. Cut out the “black pieces” from the stencil sheet, using an x-acto knife or similar tool.
  2. Tape stencil sheet onto pumpkin.
  3. Use a fine-line marker and draw the image ‘through the holes” onto the pumpkin.
  4. Cut these pieces away from the pumpkin.

Or, Option #2

  1. Tape the stencil onto the pumpkin.
  2. Using a pin or other sharp tipped tool “pin-prick” the edge of all the black portions of the stencil.
  3. Remove the stencil, and connect the dots/pin-pricks with a marker.
  4. Cut these pieces away from the pumpkin.

5. Send us a photo of your result. (We will post some of them.)

Bambi and wildfire, 1942 and 1964

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.