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Create your own ‘Jack O’ Lantern’ at Dusit Thani Manila

Every October, we see carved pumpkins peer out from porches and doorsteps with gourd-like orange fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles – a sign that it’s Halloween!

People have been making jack-o'-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed "Stingy Jack." According to the story, Stingy Jack has tricked the Devil twice and made him promised that he will not harm nor bother Stingy Jack.

Soon after, Jack died, as the legend goes, the Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell. He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as "Jack of the Lantern," and then as years passed, simply "Jack O' Lantern." (source:

The Contest

This October, Dusit Thani Manila invites families to send their own designed ‘Jack o Lantern’ for a chance to win an Overnight Accommodation at Dusit Thani Manila and other exciting prizes.

The contest is open to a family of four (4). Simply carve and design one whole pumpkin (maximum size of 12 inches in diameter) to make your own version of a scary ‘Jack O‘ Lantern’

Entries must be submitted on or before October 17 to the Public Relations Department of Dusit Thani Manila together with the family members' name, ages, address, contact number and name of the entry.

Winning entries will be based on the highest number of likes garnered on Facebook. Voting ends 12 midnight of October 26.

Entries will be displayed at ‘The Haunting’ Halloween event on October 31, 2:00 p.m. at the Grand Ballroom of Dusit Thani Manila where the top 3 entries with the most number of ‘Likes’ will be announced and will bring home exciting prizes.

For inquiries, please call +63 (2) 238-8888 local 8822 or 8823.