🎃 - jack-o-lantern emoji

or jack-o-lantern emoji or pumpkin emoji

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What does 🎃 mean?

Autumn leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, decorative gourds, king-sized candy bars, scary movies—the jack-o-lantern emoji, 🎃, means all things autumn and Halloween.

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Sometimes the emoji is used to express "spooky" in general, regardless of the time of year, and can stand in for pumpkins as food or terms of endearment.

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Examples of 🎃 - jack-o-lantern emoji

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Examples of 🎃 - jack-o-lantern emoji
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@SatokoMiyakawa, October, 2017
Wake up & smell the pumpkins! 🎃 Fall Fest is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. w/ music, a pumpkin patch, food, games, a petting zoo & more! #TAMUSA
@TAMUSanAntonio, October, 2017
The thing is, the pumpkin is by far the largest defining icon of fall. Only problem? We don't have a regular pumpkin emoji. We just have the one Jack-O-Lantern emoji, which conveys a much spookier, aggressive version of fall than those of us early tastemakers are probably trying to convey.
Emma Lora, Bustle, September, 2017
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Where does 🎃 - jack-o-lantern emoji come from?

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The jack-o-lantern emoji first carved its way onto keyboards under Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and quickly became a staple of Halloween and autumn emoji-dom.

Some platforms depict an illuminated pumpkin and differ in how they style its face, but all feature a classic, jagged-mouth jack-o-lantern face, hinting a mischievous but merry night to come, as the screenshot from Emojipedia shows below.

Emojipedia

As with Christmas songs at stores, the jack-o-lantern emoji has been the subject of “holiday creep,” popping on Twitter feeds earlier and earlier each year. One curmudgeon who complained September was too soon for jack-o-lantern emoji was hilariously spammed with the emoji.

Twitter

Like many of its emoji brethren, jack-o-lantern has be put to creative use. Artist Zoe Mendelson rendered the 1966 children’s classic It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! into emoji, starring the jack-o-lantern emoji, in 2013. Music artist E.M.M.A even paid tribute to the jack-o-lantern emoji by calling a track on her 2017 12-inch single “Pumpkin Emoji,” as the emoji is commonly called.

Who uses 🎃 - jack-o-lantern emoji ?

Jack-o-lantern emoji’s primetime is around Halloween, used of trick-or-treating, costume parties, festive decorations, and the holiday’s many movies:

The emoji also embraces the entire season of autumn, from its football games to the annual return of knee-high boots.

Thanks to its Halloween association, the jack-o-lantern sometimes stands in for spooky-scary things more generally. 

But, jack-o-lantern emoji’s face is friendlier than it is frightful, so sometimes the emoji doubles for the term of endearment “pumpkin” …

… and literal pumpkins, too, as farmers and cooks don’t have gourds and squashes on their keyboards.

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