It all started 2,500 years ago. The Irish, Scots and Welsh celebrated Samhain on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic year. From the mid-nineteenth century, the many Irish people who fled to America exported this tradition.
Pumpkins carved out for Halloween are associated with the Irish folktale character Jack O’Lantern. Legend has it that he tricked the Devil and was sentenced to roam in purgatory for eternity, carrying with him an ember in a carved-out turnip.
Not widely grown in America, turnips have been replaced by the more common pumpkin, giving a more spectacular effect.
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