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🎃 - jack-o-lantern emoji

or jack-o-lantern emoji or pumpkin emoji [jak-uh-lan-tern ih-moh-jee]

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.

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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👺- goblin emoji , dance with the devil, 👿 - angry face with horns emoji , 😈 - smiling face with horns emoji , PSL, 🍎 - red apple emoji

Where does 🎃 - jack-o-lantern emoji come from?


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.


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.


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.

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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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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