Watermelon Jack O Lantern

Carved watermelon jack-o-lantern resting upright on a large plate with fruit spilling out its mouth and down the plate.

This is a healthy and seasonal approach to an Australian Halloween, where chopped fruit is stuffed inside a Watermellon Jack-O’-Lantern. It can be used year-round for any other compatible theme also.

Pumpkins are out of season during spring in Australia (or anywhere in the southern hemisphere) at Halloween, so why not take advantage of the seasonal produce, making watermelon a perfect option.

The mint in the fruit salad pairs perfectly with the watermelon, giving it a fresh taste. Kids will love helping to prepare the Jack-O’-Lantern which is much easier to carve than a pumpkin. When finished it offers a healthy eating option.

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Close up of a watermelon carved to look like it is vomiting a fresh fruit salad.
There are a wide range of expressions that can be carved into the watermelon to convay it ‘spewing’ up.
Close up of a fruit salad consisting of watermelon, strawberries, apple, and nectarine.
There is a recipe for the fruit salad used but this can be substituted for any variety of fruit salad that you enjoy.
Watermelon jack-o-lantern in the dark, light from inside it is shining on fruit spilling out its mouth and down a platter.
The watermelon Jack-o-lantern can also have a light placed inside the same way the traditional pumpkin ones do.
A white tray on a leaf covered picnic table containing a jack-o-lantern watermelon with fruit salad spewing out of its mouth.
The whole watermelon and fruit salad is served on a platter so it is easy to take and assemble at picnics or other gatherings.
Carved watermelon jack-o-lantern resting upright on a large plate with fruit spilling out its mouth and down the plate.
Perfect of a Haollween picnic or camping trip this watermelon jack-o-lantern adds a healthy spin.

Watermelon Jack O Lantern Recipe

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Carved watermelon jack-o-lantern resting upright on a large plate with fruit spilling out its mouth and down the plate.
This is a healthy and seasonal approach to an Australian Halloween, where chopped fruit is stuffed inside a Watermelon Jack-the-Lantern. No pumpkins here!
Preparation 40 minutes
Ready in 40 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
CourseDessert
InfluenceAustralian
DifficultyBeginner
MethodNo Cook

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon
  • 1 apple
  • 1 bunch green grapes
  • 1 bunch red grapes
  • 6 strawberries
  • 2 mandarins
  • 1 handful fresh mint

Equipment

  • good knife

Directions

  • Slice a small section off the bottom of the watermelon so it can stand stably.
  • Draw the jack-o-lantern face on the watermelon. The mouth needs to be big enough to scoop out the watermelon flesh in large chunks so it can be diced. When happy with the design, cut out the face,
  • Wash all the fruit and pat dry.
  • Dice the apple and about a third of the watermelon. Quarter the strawberries, and divide the mandarins into segments.
  • Pull the leaves off the mint, wash, then thinly slice or dice.
  • Combine all the fruit and mint in a bowl then refrigerate until ready to serve.
  • To serve, place the carved watermelon on the back of a plate and then spew the fruit salad out of the mouth and over the front of the plate.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 3gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 614mgFiber: 3gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 2725IUVitamin C: 47mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg

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