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Why Carved Pumpkins are a Symbol of Halloween

Why Carved Pumpkins are a Symbol of Halloween

The tradition of carving faces into vegetables dates to the Celts. As part of their autumnal celebration, they wanted to light the way to their homes for the good spirits, so they carved faces into vegetables such as turnips and squash. A light was placed within the hollowed out vegetable.

These carved vegetables were eventually called Jack O’Lanterns by the Irish who told a legend about a farmer named Jack who made a bargain with the devil that left him wandering the earth for all time.

When the immigrants arrived in America and found a bountiful supply of pumpkins, they soon adopted the pumpkin as the best fruit (and it is a fruit!) for carving Jack O’Lanterns.

To read the story about the tradition of Trick or Treating, click here.

To read about another iconic item for Halloween, click here: Candy Corn: The Story.



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