Jack O’ Lanterns are a fun Halloween tradition where kids and adults alike carve and decorate pumpkins for the Halloween season. But just where did the idea of Jack O’ Lanterns come from?
It all started with an Irish myth about a man named Stingy Jack. According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil over for a drink. Being true to his name, Stingy Jack did not want to pay so he tricked the Devil into turning into a coin so he may pay for the drinks that way. The Devil complied,
In Ireland and Scotland, people made their own versions of this story by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them into windows or near doors to scare away Stingy Jack and other wandering spirits. When immigrants from these countries came to the Americas, with them they brought the Jack o’ lantern tradition and they soon found out that pumpkins, a native fruit to America, make perfect Jack o’ lanterns.
So go out and get a pumpkin. Decorate or carve it for the fun of it but remember, Stingy Jack roams the Earth to this day. Maybe a Jack o’ lantern or two can keep you safe from harm this dark Halloween night.
- April -