Pumpkin Carvings: The History of Halloween

Yousef Ahmed and Trinity Lancaster

Halloween; the time to trick or treat, dress up, carve some pumpkins, and have fun. The traditions of Halloween come from all over the world, but the practice of carving pumpkins came about in Ireland. Based off of the tale “Stingy Jack”, a man who tricked the devil into never claiming his soul once he died, but could not be accepted into heaven as he was a trickster. He was sent to walk the dark nights alone, with nothing more than a lit coal in a carved out turnip. Which is where the tradition of carving vegetables and lighting them up comes from. Placed outside of the home so Jack could not come back. Originally people used turnips, potatoes, and large beets, but as this tradition came to the United states immigrants found pumpkins to be the perfect vegetable to carve. Here are some of our favorites from across the times…