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Jack o'Lantern
Jack o'Lantern (S) JE5.pngCarved Pumpkin (W) JE3.pngPumpkin JE2 BE2.pngJack o'Lantern (E) JE5.png
Jack o'Lantern (S) BE2.pngJack o'Lantern (N) BE2.pngJack o'Lantern (N) BE2.pngJack o'Lantern (E) BE2.png



Yes (64)


Blast resistance





Yes (15)


Partial (blocks light)



Catches fire from lava


A jack o'lantern is a solid block that provides light.



Jack o'lanterns can be mined with any tool, or without a tool, but axes are the quickest.

Block Jack o'Lantern
Hardness 1
Breaking time[A]
Default 1.5
Wooden 0.75
Stone 0.4
Iron 0.25
Diamond 0.2
Netherite 0.2
Golden 0.15
Sword 1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

A jack o'lantern also removes and drops itself as an item if a piston tries to push it (trying to pull it does nothing) or moves a block into its space.

Natural generation[]

Jack o’lanterns can spawn within taiga and snowy taiga villages in the piles of pumpkins which also generate there.

Mob loot[]

In Java Edition, zombies, zombie villagers, husks, skeletons, strays, wither skeletons, and zombified piglins have a chance of wearing a jack o'lantern if they spawn during Halloween. If a mob wearing a jack o'lantern is killed using a tool enchanted with Looting, there is a chance equivalent to the level of Looting used to drop the jack o'lantern, up to a maximum of a 3% chance of a drop. The jack o'lantern does not emit light while being worn.


Ingredients Crafting recipe
Carved Pumpkin +


Light source[]

Jack o'lanterns can be used as light sources underwater.

Jack o'lanterns have a luminance of 15 and the ability to provide light while submerged under water. Like most light sources, they melt snow and ice.

Building golems[]

Snow Golem

Iron Golem

Jack o'lanterns can be used to build snow golems and iron golems as shown below. Snow golems require snow blocks for their bodies, while iron golems require iron blocks. The jack o'lantern must be placed last or the golem cannot spawn.

Iron golem build configuration
Snow golem build configuration


Jack o'lanterns can be placed without a block under them. When placed, jack o'lanterns automatically face the player. Jack o'lanterns can be placed on a transparent block.

Jack o'lanterns are transparent in their rendering only; otherwise they share the attributes of all opaque solid blocks. For example, mobs can spawn on them, they can suffocate mobs, and blocks attached to another block (such as torches and rails) can be placed on top of them or on their sides.


Jack o'lanterns can be enchanted with curses using an anvil.‌[Java Edition only]


Java Edition:

SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation
Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has brokenblock.wood.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.wood.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenblock.wood.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placedblock.wood.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.wood.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016
  1. a b MC-177082

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
?BlocksOnce the block has brokendig.wood1.00.8
?BlocksFalling on the block with fall damagefall.wood0.41.0
?BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being brokenhit.wood0.230.5
?BlocksJumping from the blockjump.wood0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damageland.wood0.181.0
?BlocksWalking on the blockstep.wood0.31.0
?BlocksWhen the block is placeduse.wood1.00.8

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameIdentifierFormBlock tagsTranslation key
Jack o'Lanternjack_o_lanternBlock & Itemmineable/axeblock.minecraft.jack_o_lantern

Bedrock Edition:

NameIdentifierNumeric ID FormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Jack o'Lanternlit_pumpkin91Block & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]tile.lit_pumpkin.name
  1. ID of block's direct item form, which is used in savegame files and addons.
  2. Available with /give command.
  3. The block's direct item form has the same id with the block.

Block states[]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
The direction the jack o'lantern's carved face is facing.
The opposite from the direction the player faces while placing the jack o'lantern.

Bedrock Edition:

NameMetadata Bits Default value Allowed valuesValues for
Metadata Bits
The direction the jack o' lantern is facing.
  • 0: Jack o'lantern facing south
  • 1: Jack o'lantern facing west
  • 2: Jack o'lantern facing north
  • 3: Jack o'lantern facing east


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS4)
PS4 Other platforms
Body GuardCreate an Iron Golem20GBronze


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Resource location
Advancement-oval-raw.pngHired Help
Summon an Iron Golem to help defend a village What a Deal!Summon an iron golem.adventure/summon_iron_golem



This section is missing information about Placement direction mechanics - see notice at Pumpkin#History for more info. 
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Java Edition Alpha
v1.2.0Pumpkin JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern (E) JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern (S) JE1 BE1.png Pumpkin JE1 BE1.png Added jack o'lanterns.
v1.2.0_02All jack o'lanterns on worlds have now been converted back into pumpkins in name only.
Java Edition Beta
1.0Jack o'lanterns are now labeled as "pumpkin"s when moused over in the inventory screen.
1.2Jack o'lanterns previously had the same icon and name in the inventory as pumpkins, making it impossible to tell which is which just by looking at them. However, it wasn't possible to stack jack o'lanterns with pumpkins.
1.5_01Jack o'lanterns that already exist in-game now all appear facing the opposite way they were placed before the update. A jack o'lantern is also placed facing away from the player, as opposed to facing in the player’s direction, as was the case before the update.
1.8Pre-releaseWith the introduction of pumpkin farming, jack o'lanterns are now a renewable resource, because the player can make their torches from charcoal.
Java Edition
1.0.0Beta 1.9 PrereleaseSnow golems can now be made by using jack o'lanterns.
Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Jack o'lanterns are now broken faster using an axe.
1.2.112w08aIron golems can now be made by using jack o'lanterns.
1.6.113w26aJack 'o' Lantern has now been renamed to Jack o'Lantern.
1.814w25aPumpkin JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern (E) JE2.png Jack o'Lantern (S) JE2.png Carved Pumpkin (W) JE2.png The top and bottom of jack o'lanterns now rotates according to the direction the block faces.
14w26cJack o'lanterns can no longer be used to build golems.
1.8.1pre1Jack o'lanterns can now be used to build golems again.
1.1116w39aJack o'lanterns can now receive curse enchantments, but only through an anvil.
1.1317w47aThe ID of jack o'lanterns has now been changed from lit_pumpkin to jack_o_lantern.
Jack o'lanterns can no longer receive curse enchantments through an anvil.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 91.
1.1418w43aPumpkin JE2 BE2.png Jack o'Lantern (E) JE3.png Jack o'Lantern (S) JE3.png Carved Pumpkin (W) JE3.png The textures of jack o'lanterns have been changed.
18w44aPumpkin JE2 BE2.png Jack o'Lantern (E) JE4.png Jack o'Lantern (S) JE4.png Carved Pumpkin (W) JE3.png The front texture of jack o'lanterns has been changed.
1.1721w11aCarved Pumpkin (N) JE5.png Jack o'Lantern (E) JE5.png Jack o'Lantern (S) JE5.png Carved Pumpkin (W) JE5.png Changed a pixel on the top texture.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.8.0build 2Pumpkin JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern (E) JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern (S) JE1 BE1.png Pumpkin JE1 BE1.png Added jack o'lanterns.
v0.9.0build 1Smooth lighting has now been removed from jack o'lanterns.
v0.12.1build 1Jack o'lanterns can now spawn golems.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta o'Lantern (N) BE2.png Jack o'Lantern (E) BE2.png Jack o'Lantern (S) BE2.png Jack o'Lantern (N) BE2.png The textures of jack o'lanterns have been changed.
Jack o'lanterns now generate in taiga and snowy taiga villages.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 1Pumpkin JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern (E) JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern (S) JE1 BE1.png Pumpkin JE1 BE1.png Added jack o'lanterns.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Pumpkin JE2 BE2.png Jack o'Lantern (E) JE4.png Jack o'Lantern (S) JE4.png Carved Pumpkin (W) JE3.png The textures of jack o'lanterns have been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Pumpkin JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern (E) JE1 BE1.png Jack o'Lantern (S) JE1 BE1.png Pumpkin JE1 BE1.png Added jack o'lanterns.


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Halloween Mobs[]

See also[]