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Several Halloween denizens are pumpkin-headed monsters with faces carved into them. This is most commonly used for the Headless Horseman, but a Jack-o'-Lantern man is very common.

There are two types of Pumpkin Person. One type (the mundane one) simply wears a mask of a Jack-o'-Lantern, while the other's head actually is a pumpkin. A lot of the time, the person's name actually is Jack.

This trope has relation to Scary Scarecrows, who often have gourd heads, and Stingy Jack, who, of course, started the Jack-o'-Lantern. Often a Plant Person when the whole body (and likely its origin) is floral. Sub-Trope of Non-Human Head. Compare/contrast Skull for a Head.

This trope does not refer to Billy Corgan, James Iha, D'arcy Wretzky, or Jimmy Chamberlin.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • Digimon Adventure: An episode featured Pumpkinmon, a digimon with a pumpkin for a head (with an axe lodged into said head) and a body like a plush toy. He and his friend Gutsomon were minions of Miyotismon who were sent to find the Eighth Digidestined but ended up liking Earth so much they turned on him. Sadly, it didn't end well for them.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero's Journey has Jack ask a pumpkin-headed scarecrow if he's seen Zero.

    Asian Animation 
  • Happy Heroes: One of the inhabitants of the fantasy town in Season 8 has a pumpkin for a head. Episode 12 of that season reveals that he's a professional artist named Van Golf.

    Comic Books 
  • Hack/Slash has Samhain, a potentially-redeemable slasher with a Halloween theme who wears a pumpkin-like mask.
  • The Sandman: Merv Pumpkinhead, the Dreaming's janitor, is an animated pumpkin-headed scarecrow. He's rather a Captain Ersatz for Oz's Jack Pumpkinhead.
  • Spider-Man: Jack O'Lantern, one of Spider-Man's foes, wears a green suit and a helmet shaped like a flaming pumpkin. He's one of several glider-riding rogues who throw pumpkin-based weaponry, alongside the more famous Green Goblin and Hobgoblin. The most notorious Jack O'Lantern actually took over the Hobgoblin mantle for a while, before being killed off by the original for besmirching the name.

    Films — Animated 
  • In The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, the Sleepy Hollow segment portrays the Headless Horseman with a jack-o-lantern in place of his head similar to the one of the Scary Scarecrow that Brom Bones beheaded during his memorable, musical contribution to the scary stories sequence.
  • In The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington has a pumpkin on his head in his Pumpkin King costume.
  • Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: In the third film, one of the Bitter Gourd King's gourd minions is a pumpkin man who, fittingly enough, has a pumpkin for a head.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Cabin in the Woods: A fire-breathing, pumpkin-headed creature appears alongside the various horror movie monsters the break loose from the facility's holding cages.
  • Goosebumps: A Pumpkin Person makes an appearance in a reference to the book Attack of the Jack-O' Lanterns.
  • In Halloween III: Season of the Witch one of the Silver Shamrock masks is a pumpkin and unfortunately a cursed one which won't allow its yielder to live long enough to look the part.
  • Pumpkinhead: Averted, despite the name. The eponymous monster is saddled with a Non-Indicative Name, until the very end where viewers get to see the place where Harley's corpse is buried, and is more of a Xenomorph Xerox.
  • Trick 'r Treat: Sam has a pumpkin-like head under his mask. Notably, the face also shares some features with a skull.

  • The first Franny K. Stein book Lunch Walks Among Us had Franny have to defend her school from a crab monster with a pumpkin for a head who wore gym shoes and chewed gum. The monster came into being because a kid had unwittingly disposed of unstable industrial waste into the same trash can where Franny threw away her lunch of crab ravioli with pumpkin sauce and two other kids had thrown away chewing gum and a pair of old gym shoes.
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: The Headless Horseman is sometimes depicted with a jack-o-lantern in place of his head.
  • The Marvelous Land of Oz has a rare non-evil version with Jack Pumpkinhead, who shows up in several of the later Oz books (eventually getting one named after him [1]), as well as appearing as a character in Return to Oz. He is basically a wooden scarecrow brought to life by a magic powder. His pumpkin heads eventually rot, so he keeps a pumpkin patch to replenish them, and Ozma carves him a new face. The old heads are buried in a graveyard at his house.
  • Sidekicks: Pumpkin Pete is a pumpkin-headed superhero who claims to have "all the powers of a pumpkin." Apparently, pumpkins are good runners.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, the Pumpkin Rapper is a Monster of the Week who appears in two Halloween Episodes: "Trick or Treat" and "Zedd's Monster Mash", the latter courtesy of being one of Lord Zedd's favorite monsters. His jack-o'-lantern head is upside down and he uniquely is accompanied by pumpkin-headed Putties. The Pumpkin Rapper was destroyed by the Power Blaster the first time and died the second time fighting the White Tigerzord and the Thunder Megazord. He also showed up among the army in "Countdown to Destruction" and that didn't end any better for him.

    Myths & Religion 
  • You're bound to see one of these on Halloween. Whether it's a costume, a decoration, or otherwise. Countless Halloween decorations will use these, such as Spirit Halloween's Pumpkin Nester.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • CHIKARA: Hallowicked is an undead pumpkin demon complete with a stem on top of his mask. His Incoherence Tag Team partner Delirious even called him "Stem" when they were teaming (2006-2009). He drastically changed his image after Delirious used the Eye of Tyr on him at the 2014 Season Finale Tomorrow Never Dies on December 6th, 2014, though he still kept the stem.

    Puppet Shows 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Original D&D Supplement 1 Greyhawk. At the end of the book is an illustration of a bugbear monster that shows it with the head that looks like a carved jack-O'-lantern.
    • The 1st Edition Advanced D&D supplement Fiend Folio introduces the scarecrow monster, which is a humanoid made of sticks with a carved jack-o'-lantern for a head.
    • Ravenloft has its own variety of scarecrows, which unlike the golem-like above version are animated by evil spirits (most often the vengeful ghosts of deceased farmers) making its pumpkin head glow eerily.
  • Pathfinder: Leshys are a type of small, plant-based humanoids artificially created by using various types of plant as bases. One variety is gourd leshys, which are grown from pumpkins and have a carved one for a head. The carved part is not an inherent part of their anatomy — their gourds are solid while the body is being grown, and need to be carved so that the leshy will be able to see and speak. This renders their heads fully hollow Jack o' Lanterns, and gourd leshies can "uncork" themselves to use their scooped-out craniums as storage space.
  • RuneQuest. The Jack O'Bear is a hairy bear-like monster with an orange head that looks like a pumpkin.

    Theme Parks 
  • Knotts Scary Farm's Trick or Treat House features the Pumpkin Twins, a pair of kids with Jack-O' Lantern masks that the Green Witch turned into minions. Notably, the actors don't have to wear the masks over their faces.
  • Knotts Scary Farm's Pumpkin Eater attraction features the titular Pumpkin Eater, a more foul and realistic depiction of a "pumpkin person" with twisted roots, leaves, and shelled skin.
  • Universal's Halloween Horror Nights has hosted some pumpkin people.

  • Fun World, the company behind the Ghostface mask, make the Pumpkin Slayer costume, which come with a Pumpkin Mask, orange gloves, a fedora, and a cape. Fun World also make various cloaked pumpkin people as decorations. Notably, these are also examples of Dem Bones.
  • The Grossery Gang has Space Jump Pumpkin, an evil cyborg pumpkin. He has vines for his non-mechanized limbs, and his face is made out of carvings, which are leaking his pumpkin guts.
  • Living Dead Dolls: Pumpkin is a slasher-type hooligan with pumpkin face paint, and the Headless Horseman has a pumpkin-shaped head which can be removed.
  • Playmobil Figures: Series 3 features a pumpkin-headed scarecrow.

    Video Games 
  • Animal Crossing: Jack, the Czar of Halloween, wears a pumpkin on his head. As of New Leaf, your town's villagers will dress up in similar costumes on Halloween, making it a bit trickier to identify Jack.
  • In Borderlands 2, the Halloween Episode DLC TK Baha's Bloody Harvest allowed the players to collect and wear pumpkin head swaps for all six vault hunters.
  • Castlevania
    • Castlevania: Lament of Innocence features the hidden character Pumpkin, who is basically a burlap sack fashioned into a humanoid shape with a pumpkin for a head. He fights much like Leon, only with a different (permanent) special weapon that's a combination of all of Leon's special weapons.
    • Pumpkin carries over into Castlevania: Curse of Darkness as one of the Innocent Devils. He's the hardest one to craft due to requiring a special weapon to do so. He's practically useless in battle and generally goes down in a single hit, but using him is probably the most effective way of boosting your Luck stat, although whether it's worth the effort is another question entirely.
  • City of Heroes: The Fir Bolg have been transformed into humanoid vine monsters with pumpkin heads.
  • Dead Realm: One of the playable ghosts in the game has a pumpkin for a head.
  • Destiny: The Jackolyte item makes the guardians who use it an example of this trope.
  • EarthBound has the Trick or Trick Kid, an humanoid enemy wearing a pumpkin who appears in Threed during the Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's 4: The Halloween update includes Jack-O Bonnie and Jack-O Chica, who may be examples of this as an Exaggerated Trope, as they are completely made of pumpkins.
  • In Guild Wars, Mad King Thorn's head has been replaced by a jack-o'-lantern in the Underworld, as seen during his annual reappearances in Lion's Arch and Kamadan.
  • Kirby's Epic Yarn: Squashini is a pumpkin-headed ghost magician.
  • Medievil 2 has various pumpkin-based hazards in the Kew Gardens level, such as giant pumpkins that roll around the landscape trying to crush Dan, ordinary-sized ones that bounce around and explode on contact, and pumpkin men that reproduce by implanting their seeds into the level's inhabitants.
  • Megaman 7: A giant pumpkin-shaped robot serves as a miniboss during Shade Man's stage (which has a strong horror/Halloween theme).
  • In Minecraft:
    • Pumpkins can be worn as helmets, giving the appearance of this trope. While they obscure vision and don't protect from damage, they can prevent endermen from becoming hostile — they turn aggressive when your vision crosshairs fall on them, and wearing the helmet keeps the pumpkin directly in front of these — and keep undead mobs from burning in sunlight.
    • Snow Golems are living snowmen with pumpkins for heads.
  • Monster Force: Many of the enemies are pumpkin-headed creatures.
  • Ogre Battle: Pumpkinheads are monsters created by the experiments of Deneb the witch.
  • Overwatch: In the Halloween event, Reaper has a skin called "Pumpkin", which gives him a Jack O'Lantern with glowing eyes and a mouth for a head.
  • Pokémon: Pumpkaboo is essentially a floating pumpkin with a shadowy cat/batlike head. It even has the ability to shine light out of the carved holes in its body. Its evolution, Gourgeist, now has a carved face on its lower body, though its head gives its body shape a more gourdlike appearance. Both apparently are created from spirits that inhabit a pumpkin.
  • Pumkin Land: The titular Pumkins are Walking Head pumpkins.
  • Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale: The Samhain boss has a pumpkin for a head.
  • Trials of Mana: Mispolm, Benevodon of the Woods, takes the form of a giant jack-o-lantern sat atop a mass of roots.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Pyro Jack has a Jack-O-Lantern head.
  • In Sonic Adventure 2, you can give Chaos pumpkins to wear on their heads.
  • Sonic Heroes and Shadow the Hedgehog: These appear in Hang Castle/Mystic Mansion and Cryptic Castle, respectively. They seem to be nothing more than robotic puppets.
  • Super Mario Bros.
    • New Super Mario Bros.: Splunkins are basically waddling pumpkins that take two stomps to defeat.
    • Super Mario Galaxy: Jack-O-Goombas are Goombas that wear Jack-O-Lantern masks, which protect them from being stomped on. A spin will smash the mask, and a Ground Pound will take out the mask and Goomba.
  • Team Fortress 2 has the Horseless Headless Horsemann, a skeleton with a Jack-O' Lantern for a head. The mercenaries can also achieve this trope with the Horseless Headless Horsemann's Head, won by beating the HHH.
  • Terraria:
    • The Headless Horseman, an enemy in the Pumpkin Moon event who appears riding a black horse and wearing a pumpkin as a head. It has a chance to drop a Jack-O-Lantern mask, so that you can wear a pumpkin in your head too.
    • There's also Pumpking, one of the two mini-bosses during the Pumpkin Moon event. He appears as a giant, floating wraith wearing only a cloak and a pumpkin as his head, that rotates alternating among three different faces.
  • Warframe has a seasonal "Dullahan Mask" cosmetic that replaces the head of a Warframe equipped with it with a Jack O' Lantern.
  • Zombie Playground: You can choose to have your child wear a Jack-o-lantern mask.


    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-2331 ("SCRAVECROW"). SCP-2331 is a scarecrow with a pumpkin head that has a fluorescent blue glow inside it. He creates raves and acts as a DJ at them.
  • There is a whole web site dedicated to "Pumpkinoids". It is unknown if Pastor Tommy McMurtry visits this site. He may or may not be sexually attracted to pumpkins.

    Web Videos 
  • Ross's Game Dungeon: In the Wolfenstein episode (which was released on April Fool's Day), Ross replaces the head of every NPC with a pumpkin.

    Western Animation 
  • Bugs Bunny: In "Rabbit Rampage", Bugs, as part of his torture from an off-screen animator, has his head erased and replaced by a jack-o-lantern. Bugs is not amused.
    Bugs: [fuming] Okay, buddy, you've had your fun. Now, what about a rabbit's head?!
    [the animator simply paints a pair of rabbit ears on top of the pumpkin]
    Bugs: Okay, you comic book Rembrandt, make with the eraser!
  • ChalkZone features Jacko, a Jack-O' Lantern singer who falls in love with Rudy's Jill-O' Lantern, a non-living example of this trope.
  • Gravity Falls has the Summerween Trickster, who wears a mask with a Jack-O'-Melon type face.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy features Jack, a trickster who was decapitated. After a deal with Grim (Returning his scythe in exchange for immortality), Grim cut off his head. He then replaced it with a Jack-O' Lantern.
  • It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown features Charlie Brown being asked to model for a Halloween Party. By this, we mean Violet drew a Jack-O' Lantern face on the Back of his head for reference.
    • This pumpkin motif would follow poor Charlie Brown in other situations. In You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown, he loses his helmet in a motocross incident, and Linus and Sally replace his helmet with the top half of a pumpkin. In You're the Greatest, Charlie Brown, one of the rivals calls him "Pumpkinhead".
  • Moville Mysteries: One episode has a Headless Horseman with a flaming pumpkin head who was able to cut other people's heads off and replace them with a Jack-O' Lantern.
  • In Over the Garden Wall our heroes stumble upon an entire village of pumpkin people! They're actually just people in pumpkin costumes who also happen to be the moving skeletons of the dead.
  • Phineas and Ferb had a Halloween episode, "That's the Spirit!", which featured a Pumpkin-headed monster chasing them throughout a haunted house- only the Pumpkin-head was a robot, and the haunted house was a prank being put on by the neighbors.
  • The Real Ghostbusters: Samhain is an evil spirit with a pumpkin head.
  • Rugrats: In Hiccups", Angelica creates a "scream machine" to scare Tommy's hiccups away. The "machine" has a humanoid shape and a Jack-O' Lantern decoration forming the head.
  • In Scooby-Doo! and the Goblin King, Jack O'Lantern, a sentient pumpkin, is worn as the head of the Headless Horseman. He's not exactly pleased with the ordeal.
  • The Simpsons: In "Treehouse of Horror XIX", Milhouse brings the Grand Pumpkin to life. He then proceeds to eat at least three people as revenge for them carving and eating pumpkins. However, the Grand Pumpkin doesn't care if humans carve yellow pumpkins (apparently, pumpkin people are racist).
  • Tiny Toon Adventures Night Ghoulery: The opening credits have the Pumpkin Guy, a parody of Jack Skellington with a pumpkin for a head.


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