Find out the real story behind Jack O’Lanterns!

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Ever wondered where the name Jack O’Lantern comes from?

Well, according to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who tricks the Devil and traps him using a cross and refuses to free him until the Devil agrees not to take his soul when he dies.

Many years later Jack dies and, because he was lazy and no good during his life, he is refused entry to Heaven.

However, he is also refused entry to Hell by the Devil who will not back down on his promise. Distraught, Jack cries out that he has no light to see his way through the darkness of eternity.

Laughing, the Devil throws him a flame that has come directly from Hell and will never extinguish so Jack is forced to carve a lantern out of a turnip that he may find his way as he wanders the Earth for all Eternity.

And so he became known as Jack of the Lantern or Jack-O-Lantern.

Today, people use pumpkins to carve out a scary face and place in their windowsill to frighten off Jack’s wandering soul.

But did you know that the very first ones were made from hollowed out turnips?

It’s believed that the tradition changed when it was carried over to America and pumpkins were more readily available – not to mention easier to carve!

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