Friday, October 18, 2019

#HalloweenTrivia How #Pumpkins Became Jack O'Lanterns

Jack O’Lanterns have been around for centuries. They originated in Ireland and Scotland. Originally they were made from potatoes and turnips! In England, large beets were used for Jack-o-lanterns. Scary faces were carved in the vegetables and they were placed in windows and doors to scare away evil spirits like Stingy Jack.

The myth of Stingy Jack goes like this: Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. Then Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for the drinks so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin. So Stingy Jack decided to keep the coin instead of paying for the drinks. He kept it in his pocket next to a silver cross so the Devil couldn’t change back. Finally, Jack freed the Devil by making a deal that the Devil wouldn’t bother him for a year and if Jack died, he wouldn’t claim his soul. In the coming year, Jack trapped the Devil in a tree by carving a cross on it and making the Devil promise not to bother him again for 10 more years.

Jack died and the myth that God wouldn’t allow him in Heaven and the Devil wouldn’t allow him in Hell. Jack was sent off into the night with a burning coal in a carved-out turnip to light his way. His ghost has been wandering the Earth ever since.  He became known as Jack O’Lantern

In the American colonies, they found that pumpkins, a fruit found in the New World, made perfect Jack O’Lanterns. They could be hollowed out and carving scary faces was easy.
Plus they had plenty of room for a candle. Now pumpkins are used everywhere for Jack O'Lanterns.

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