Tarot Deck Review – The Jack-O-Lantern Tarot by Giuliano Costa

Welcome to Dark Reads & Deck Reviews! Today I’m going to share a beautiful Tarot Deck that is perfect for the spooky season, let’s dive in and have a look at the brand new Jack-O-Lantern Tarot by Giuliano Costa. Many thanks to Llewellyn for sending me a copy for review.

Gorgeous rich colors and perfectly rendered compositions are sure to make this one of the most popular Halloween decks available.

As the Wheel of the Year turns to autumn, this lovely tarot reflects how the distance between our world and the spirit plane thins and fades.

With fabulous art by Giuliano Costa, this laughing and grinning macabre new deck of eternal wisdom and perilous delight carries the Halloween spirit fully into Tarot.

The Jack-O-Lantern Tarot is a 78 card Deck and comes with a small instruction booklet.

You can order a copy directly from Llewellyn or via Amazon!


This is a deck from Lo Scarabeo and comes in the classic basic tuck box that we see with their decks. Although it is a basic box it is vibrant with Giuliano’s artwork.

The Guidebook

There is a 63 page little white book with the deck. However as with Lo Scarabeo decks the guide books are in several languages, so the guide is only technically 22 pages long.

The guide book is in black and white and gives a paragraph for the meanings of each card, the meanings are nicely written and gives a nice overall meaning for each card.

If you are a beginner it may be something to consider, everything you need is in the guidebook but it’s not a guide that goes into great depth beyond the basic card meanings.

The guidebook is fine for me, I like the way it’s written, it’s fun and keeps within the theme if the deck, it gives me enough for each card. What I do miss is with a deck with such beautiful art work with so many little hidden gems in the imagery, I would love some more information about the artwork on the cards and what the artist’s interpretations are.

The Cards

I must say I love the feel of this deck. The card stock is fairly thin but not flimsy, they are lovely to shuffle and because they are fairly thin they riffle and bridge perfectly. The finish on the cards I would discribe as satin, somewhere in between matte and gloss. There is no sticking or bunching with the cards.

I know some people aren’t fans of the thinner Llewellyn and Lo Scarabeo card stock but I really love it. These decks just look and feel great.

I am a huge fan of the art on these cards. It is a themed deck but this is what I would describe as a themed deck done well. It’s not gimmicky and has a dark and eerie feel running throughout. The art is almost surrealist, in a way it reminds me of Dali and Bosch mixed together which makes me very happy indeed.

The card backs aren’t reversible but who cares when they are that awesome?!
The Cards are RWS based you will notice lots of bat’s, owls, tree people and faces in the clouds throughout.
I think this is one of my favorite versions of the 3 of swords. Traditionally we see a heart with the 3 swords but after all it is a swords card and is about the mind and thoughts. Look closely at the mountain range in the background of the 10 of Swords, took me ages to notice the skeleton there!
I love the Wands in this deck. The skulls feature throughout the suit. I’m intrigued by the face formed by the birds in the clouds on the 5.
Again, I really like the 3 of Cups in this deck. Stunning.

The Jack-O-Lantern is a very well thought through Deck, the art for me is beautiful and immersive and I love the depth in each card. I really do get Halloween vibes from this deck, I can see me using these long after Halloween has been and gone!

Do you have this deck? I would love to know what you think.

You can order a copy of this beautiful deck directly from Llewellyn or via Amazon!

2 thoughts on “Tarot Deck Review – The Jack-O-Lantern Tarot by Giuliano Costa

  1. This deck has really taken my eye . The detail on them is absolutely amazing and with this blog I must agree that it is nice to see the swords with something other than a heart . Yes we associate the swords with heartbreak but we forget that heartache affects the mind too . The death card was also a card I loved because it came with a horse and a horse represents freedom, letting go and being free within yourself. A lot of people who are read for dread the death card as it usually does come with a shock factor until the true meaning of the death of a situation is on the horizon hence why I like the horse . I really am always intrigued to read the reviews from this lady as she literally puts every detail of the cards into her reviews and not just looks at them from her own perspective but also others purchasing the cards. Beautiful cards and a beautiful review . Thank you

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments! I’m really glad you enjoyed the review! 🎃


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