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How to Turn a Pineapple Into a Halloween 'Pumpkin'

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While crisp air, falling leaves, and trips to the pumpkin patch are the stuff of Hallmark cards, they're certainly not characteristic of the universal fall experience. Whether you live in a beachy locale with more sun than squash plants or you’re simply not a fan of scooping strings and seeds, you might feel inclined to try out the new autumn trend that’s sweeping Instagram, according to Insider: carving pineapples into jack-o’-lanterns.

Whittling a pineapple into a glowing, grinning figure seems more complicated than it actually is. Instead of hollowing the fruit with a spoon, you’ll want to core the pineapple, either with a knife or a designated tool. Carving a miniature face into its side with a sharp paring knife shouldn’t be that difficult, either, as pineapple flesh—even with its prickly skin—is softer than pumpkin shell.

Once you’re finished, insert a tea light inside—we recommend the LED kind—and place your tropical buddy on your porch. All that’s left to do now is to whip up some tiki drinks. (Word to the wise: Pineapple jack-o’-lanterns won’t last as long as their more traditional counterparts, so hold off on carving until right before Halloween.)

We’ve rounded up some pineapple jack-o’-lantern inspiration for you below:

[h/t Insider]

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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The Best Cupcake in All 50 States
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We’re going to sugarcoat it. Twelve years after the advent of the cupcake-only bakery (the California-launched chain Sprinkles is credited with opening the first in 2005), there are a lot of options. We rounded up 50 of the best decadent desserts across the country. So go out, have your (cup)cake—and eat it, too.

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