Did you ever wonder how the tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack-O-Lanterns came about? Here’s the story.
Halloween has its roots in the ancient Celtic holiday called Samhain, which was celebrated in Ireland and the rest of Western Europe every October 31st. This festival was held to celebrate the end of summer and the last harvest.
During Smahain, there was the belief that when night came, evil spirits passed over from the dark Other World and roamed the earth. To fight the threat of evil, the Celts lit huge bonfires. After Christianity became entrenched, the festival was renamed All Hallows Eve.
The big bonfires became smaller. Eventually lit candles were put in turnips or gourds that had been carved with holes in them to emit the light. Later, the custom of carving faces into the gourds became popular. Scary faces were used to scare off the evil spirits. After the celebration of All Hallows Eve came to the United States and Canada in the mid nineteenth century, the pumpkin was used for jack-o-lanterns.
This article shares 7 ideas to improve your Halloween pumpkin. Actually there are more than 7 ideas. As you click on the various links, you’ll end up with many more creative ideas for your pumpkins. Some of the linked ideas are exceptionally cool. Since I didn’t find a lot of tutorials, these are mostly inspiration pieces. Here are just a few:
- Cannibal Pumpkin
- Hedgehogs with String Lights
- A Pumpkin with a Skull (This will keep Trick or Treaters off your porch and in therapy for years!)
- The Pug-Kin
- A Pumpkin Spider
- And More!!
Excellent article with a LOT of creative Jack-O-Lantern ideas. See all of the great ideas at the 7 Clever Ideas to Greatly Improve Your Halloween Pumpkins link below