A Different Kind of Jack-O-Lantern

In a previous post, I discussed a bit of the history behind Trick-or-Treating. Tonight, I cover the topic of the Jack-O-Lantern. These carved gourd-lanterns actually got their beginning in Scotland and Ireland, in the form of turnips and beets; not pumpkins. It wasn’t until it was pumpkins that were carved till the tradition came to the United States, all of this happening during the first part of the 19th Century.

So although pumpkins are what are now used for Jack-O-Lanterns, they didn’t get their start in that form. Here are some fine examples of other root vegetables being used as carved lantern:

{Halloween Countdown: 3 days!}

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