Jack-O-Lanterns

Halloween, Witch, Goblin, Black Cat, Jack-O-Lantern, Bat, Skull, Ghost, Spooky, Full Moon, Pumpkin, Trick or Treat, Autumn, Fall, Haunting, Scarecrow, Magic Potion, Creepy: It’s almost Halloween! That means that many people are going out to a pumpkin patch to pick out the pumpkins they are going to carve. A tradition that involves a fun, sloppy mess with dissecting a pumpkin and drawing on it. Then taking a knife and carving right into the pumpkin to make a happy face. But, did you know that the face on the pumpkin is not supposed to be happy. Growing up, I did like to put a happy face on my jack-o-lantern when it was being carved. Even today, there are stencils of smiling cartoon characters who are beloved by children for a fun jack-o-lantern. But, a jack-o-lantern is originally supposed to be a scary face.

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.: Back in Ireland, the ancient Celts used to carve faces into a turnip to scare away evil spirits. Yes, before there was a pumpkin, there was the use of a turnip or a form of squash for the use of a jack-o-lantern. On, what we know now as, Halloween, the Celts believed that all spirits would come back from the dead, this included the evil ones. Jack-O-Lanterns were made to scare away the evil spirits that would come back on All Hallows Eve. Jack-O-Lanterns, may be a fun tradition today, but to the ancient Celts the tradition of carving a turnip and/or squash was to make sure evil spirits stayed away.

Have a glowingly marvelous vintage Halloween! #vintage #Halloween #pumpkins: In honor of the Jack-O-Lanterns, I decided to look up a few fun facts on pumpkins:

  • They are a fruit that is technically a berry.
  • Pumpkins originated in South America
  • Morton, Illinois claims to be the “Pumpkin Capital of the World.”
  • In 2010, the largest pumpkin ever weighed was 1,810 pounds from Stillwater, Minnesota
  • Pumpkin is high in fiber with Vitamin A, Vitamin B, potassium, protein and iron. They are also low in calories.
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