The Fabulous Halloween Pumpkin

I love Halloween and so for the next couple of weeks I’m going to explore some of those fabulous Halloween icons. Today, is that famous of all symbols: the pumpkin.

Just how did carving of jack-o’-lanterns become associated with the holiday and why on earth did they called jack-o’-lanterns instead of john-o’-lanterns?

According to the cyberfont of wisdom Wikipedia the use refers to the Irish custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory. Makes sense as most sources agree that Halloween (derived from the term All Hallow’s even (short for evening)) is of Celtic origins. Of course, when those waves of Irish hit American Shores they found the pumpkin and knew right away that it was better than a turnip (or a potato)

Sources disagree on the exact date the first official pumpkin was carved but by the end of the Nineteenth Century it was firmly established in the US.

So why jack?

Apparently, there’s a legend about this crafty Irish fellow named Stingy Jack who bested the devil several times. And when he died, neither heaven nor hell would take him in. The tale is best told here: Legend of Stingy Jack

So now there are fabulous pumpkin carving events all around the country. Many bring it to an art form such as on sites like

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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2 Responses to The Fabulous Halloween Pumpkin

  1. Christine says:

    Great article, Linda.

    Question. I’d like to follow your site, if I sign up for Word Press, do I have to keep an active blog? I have two blogs on blogspot. I don’t think I could keep up with three, not to mention two Facebook sites, etc.

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