Where does 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.
Who uses ?
Jack-o-lantern emoji’s primetime is around Halloween, used of trick-or-treating, costume parties, festive decorations, and the holiday’s many movies:
Feeling like I already need to think about my Halloween costume 🧛🏻♀️🎃
— Adelade Spulgis (@adeladespulgis1) July 9, 2018
Our fall decorations are up for Pumpkin Beer Fest 🎃 We’re hyped for the weekend 🎉 pic.twitter.com/KWObXNUpVc
— The Coug (@TheCoug_) October 27, 2017
Can’t wait for October. Cool weather and leaves changing. Disney playing Halloweentown, Hocus Pocus, Twitches, and all the other great movies we grew up with. Best month of the year🍂🕸🎃
— Dawson Robicheaux (@Dawsonkale1102) July 3, 2018
The emoji also embraces the entire season of autumn, from its football games to the annual return of knee-high boots.
Why am I so ready for it to be fall and wear fall makeup , fall outfits, and have pumpkin spice latte everyday ??! 🎃☕️🧡🍃🍁
— Vane$sa 👽 (@litness_) July 5, 2018
Thanks to its Halloween association, the jack-o-lantern sometimes stands in for spooky-scary things more generally.
I trust you that much 🎃 pic.twitter.com/re6F3UYEmm
— Syeda Anum Shah(official) (@SyedaAnumKhan) June 26, 2018
But, jack-o-lantern emoji’s face is friendlier than it is frightful, so sometimes the emoji doubles for the term of endearment “pumpkin” …
— Gem💎 (@myypreciouss) June 27, 2018
… and literal pumpkins, too, as farmers and cooks don’t have gourds and squashes on their keyboards.
Nightly 🎃 inspection yields 5 pumpkins. pic.twitter.com/eWlB3eLPrH
— Mark’s Pumpkins (@MarksPumpkins) June 27, 2018