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Don’t want to buy a pumpkin? Try a pineapple jack-o-lantern

It’s a more tropical take on the original decoration.

With fall beginning this week, pumpkins are out in full force at stores. But the traditional go-to symbol of fall doesn’t have to be your only option.

A pineapple, appropriate for Florida and its 80-degree temperatures in September, is another, more tropical way to go.

YouTube is ripe with how-to videos showing quick ways to turn the fruit into a fall decoration, and a search on Instagram can turn up lots of photos of completed ones.

One perk of using a pineapple is getting to eat the core, Times reporter Christopher Spata observed. He listed other upsides, such as pineapples are cheaper and the outside is easier to cut into. It’s also easy to make with a few steps.