Jack O' Lanterns
Jack o' Lanterns: A Halloween Family Tradition
I have always loved going to pick pumpkins at the pumpkin patch, but since we've had our daughter it's so much more fun. We don't go just once a year; we'll often stop by a roadside pumpkin patch or stand in our fall foliage hunting travels throughout the season. But picking pumpkins is only half of it. We really love to carve jack o' lanterns. Our daughter gets to choose her favorite patterns as do we, so we end up with quite a collection. Then we often have pumpkin carving Halloween parties, so our house ends up looking like a pumpkin festival all on it's own. :)
Here is a gallery of some of our best creations.
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The term "Jack-o'-lantern" came from an Irish folk tale of the 18th century. Jack was an Irishman. He had tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree. He then cut a cross symbol in the tree trunk, thus trapping the Devil in the branches. When Jack died, he was unable to again access to Heaven because of his meanness. The Devil, having a long memory, would not allow him into Hell. So he was forced to walk the earth endlessly. The devil took pity on him and gave him a piece of coal to light his path. Jack put it inside a hollowed-out turnip that he had been eating.
Full article at Halloween Customs and Traditions
Halloween Jack o' Lanterns
A Panorama of Pumpkins
This was our daughter's first jack o' lantern. It's a tragic story. She loved this Elmo pumpkin dearly, but as you might well imagine, nature took it's course and it began to get moldy and squishy. It was sitting on our front porch and needed to go. My dh decided to kick it's face in one evening as our sweet, young daughter watched. She was nearly traumatized. For weeks she would go into a rant about what she witnessed if Elmo was even brought up.