Food Fact #4: Where Jack-O-Lanterns Turn-ed Up

Halloween is fast approaching! People have acquired their frightening or fun ensembles and decorated their homes with various Halloween symbols.Everything from ghosts on strings to scarecrows with creepy faces to motion-activated animatronics can be found in the front yards and porches of your neighbors.The most distinguishable Halloween decoration however is surely the Jack-O-Lantern!

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According to History.com, the art of carving Jack-O-Lanterns was brought to The United States by Irish immigrants who used to carve scary faces into turnips in their native land to keep away the folkloric figure Stingy Jack. Stingy Jack is a man whose ghost is said to be roaming around with a burning goal after trying to trick the devil (History.com). The pumpkin is native to North America and that is why Jack-O-Lanterns are now carved out of pumpkins instead of turnips.

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There are many ways to carve a pumpkin, and one artist Ray Villafane has become a world renowned master of pumpkin carving. He carves everything from zombies to football players!

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To see more mind-blowing creations by Mr. Villafane, click HERE.