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Halloween History (part 2)

Halloween History (part 2)

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Pumpkin Carving and Halloween Traditions

Learning about Halloween history and Halloween origins makes the holiday even more fun. For Halloween trivia buffs, knowing the origins of pumpkin carving and other Halloween traditions can be a point of pride. Or you can take Halloween origins, and create your own game for your Halloween party. You'll see we've taken the Halloween history traditions and have made them our own, from trick-or-treating to pumpkin carving to dressing in costumes.

Throughout Halloween history, there have been several superstitions, and these stories have been passed along over generations. Here's some Halloween trivia to share: In the Middle Ages many people believed that witches turned themselves into cats to avoid being discovered; maybe that's why black cats are thought to bring bad luck. More Halloween origins and traditions that have made their way through the years is keeping the ghouls ways; by wearing costumes to blend in and setting out treats to appease them, people would avoid the scary spirits. Another Halloween history story is a tale about how we began carving pumpkins that are associated with the holiday.

Pumpkin carving history is thought to have begun with an Irish folktale of "Stingy Jack" who invited the Devil to have a drink with him. Impress with Halloween trivia, as you tell this tale: Jack didn't want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin so that Jack could pay for their drinks; the Devil obliged and Jack decided to keep the coin instead, and put it next to a silver cross in his pocket so the Devil couldn't change back to his original form. As the Halloween history legend goes, Jack freed the Devil but tricked him again and would only free him if the Devil made the promise that he would not claim his soul when he died. This Halloween history tale continues as upon Jack's death, God didn't look down upon him with favor, so he was stuck between heaven and hell, a predicament that leads to our pumpkin carving history.

As the pumpkin carving history legend goes, Jack was sent off into the dark with only a burning coal to light his way, so he put the coal in a carved-out turnip to make a lantern. This pumpkin history tale spread throughout Ireland and Scotland and people began to make their own "Jack of the Lanterns," now known as "Jack O'Lanterns," by carving faces out of potatoes and turnips. When these Halloween origins spread to America with immigrants, they soon found that the native pumpkin was much easier to carve and that's why we carve pumpkins today. With Halloween history rich in tradition from carving pumpkins to trick-or-treating, it's exciting to learn how the holiday has evolved over the years.
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