A long time ago in Ireland, there was a a man called Stingy Jack, and one day he asked the Devil to have a drink with him. So they went to a pub and had a drink, but then Jack didn't want to pay because he was stingy, just like his name said. So he talked the Devil into turning himself into a coin, and that way Jack could use the coin to pay the bill. After that, the Devil would change back to his usual self, and Jack wouldn't be out any money.
|Scary cat witch|
|Death Star pumpkin|
|Traditional Irish turnip lantern |
from early 20th century
And the record for the most jack-o-lanterns ever carved and lit in one place was set on October 21, 2006, on Boston Common, where there were 30,128 of them.
|I think more pumpkins|
should have dogs carved on them!
People used to just carve faces on pumpkins to make jack-o-lanterns, but nowadays, you can carve almost anything. You can even go on the internet and get patterns and instructions for how to make your jack-o-lantern. We never make jack-o-lanterns here at our house because Mom is too lazy. I don't care too much about that, but sometimes I wish that she would make a really big pumpkin pie for us dogs. I think that would be a very nice thing for her to do!