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One of The Legend's of the Jack-O-Lantern

Updated on June 8, 2008

One of the Myths of the Jack-O-Lantern

All information on this subject is myth and/or legend. Here is the myth about Jack-O-Lantern and how the legend started.

It seems there was a man call Jack, who was a drunken farmer in Ireland. One day the devil was chasing him, but Jack got the devil to climb an apple tree. While the devil was up the tree, Jack carved a cross into the tree and the devil couldn't get down. Jack told the devil if he would promise not to take him to hell, he would make it possible for the devil to come down from the tree. (How Jack did this in not known.)

Jack died and he tried to get into haven. He was rejected, so he was sent to hell - but the devil, remembering his promise to Jack, wouldn't take him. That meant Jack had to just roam around. "How can I see at night", was his remark. The devil threw a hot coal at him. Jack put the coal into a hollow gourd so he could see at night.

When that tradition came to the United States, the pumpkin replaced the gourd. That's one on the legends about how the Jack-O-Lantern myth got started.

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