Jack O'Lantern Character Bento

Jack O'Lantern Character Bento

Halloween's almost here, so I made a Jack O'Lantern bento. The kids love the ketchup rice!


Plain cooked rice
1 rice bowl's worth
to taste
Sliced cheese
1 slice
Nori seaweed
a little
Butter, salt
a little of each
about 2 cm


1. Add a little oil (not listed) to a pan and heat, then stir-fry the rice. Fry a little, then add the butter, ketchup, and salt. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool.
2. Once it's cooled, use plastic wrap to shape thin, long logs. Make two logs the same length, and two short ones. Arrange them on the wrap as shown.
3. Squeeze them together to make a pumpkin shape. Place in a prepared bento box, cut two 2cm strips of cucumber and gently place them at the top to make the stem.
4. Affix the eyes, nose, mouth shapes on pieces of sliced cheese. Place them on the rice and it's done!

Story Behind this Recipe

It's almost Halloween! I can hardly wait to make this bento.