Halloween

History of Jack O'Lanterns

Halloween

The word Jack O'Lantern was first used to describe a light that flickered over marshes. When you approached the light it would move just out of reach. Legend says that the light is a soul that is rejected from hell. The first jack O'Lantern was made in Ireland. It wasn't made of a pumpkin though, there were made of rutabagas, potatoes and turnips. there is an Irish legend about a man named Stingy Jack Who was too mean to get into heaven and had played tricks on the devil and was forced to continue walking the earth with a lantern made out of a turnip. http://www.thepumpkinmaster.com/history/jack_o_lantern.htm