01 October 2019
Halloween – did you know?

The practice of decorating ‘jack o’lanterns’ is believed to have originated from an Irish folktale about a man named Jack cursed to spend all of time roaming the earth with only a burning coal (inside a carved out turnip) to light the way, as his punishment for trying to trick the devil.

Across Britain people used turnips, or sometimes beets or potatoes, to make their own versions of these lanterns – carving scary faces into them and placing them near doorways or windows to frighten away wandering evil spirits.

Immigrants to the USA took these traditions with them and discovered that pumpkins, the native American fruit, are far easier to carve into elaborate faces with fantastic teeth.

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