TRIVIAL PURSUITS: What Was the Original Jack O' Lantern?

October 25, 2011 ( - The carving of pumpkins to make Jack O' Lanterns has long been a part of the Halloween tradition here.

But the tradition didn’t start with carving pumpkins – what was the original object of these carvings?

Answer:  Turnips.

But in what country did the tradition of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns begin?


In what country did the tradition of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns begin?

Answer:  Ireland

That's right, Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities. 

Do you know who the “jack-o’-lantern” is named after?



Who is the “jack-o’-lantern” is named after?

Answer:  The name comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack.

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