As Halloween approaches, most people will be going to the pumpkin patch or purchasing pumpkins, carving them, and placing them on their doorstep. Halloween is marked by these candle-lit, carved faces. When you carve a jack o’ lantern, it gives you a great opportunity to let your creativity soar and you can even roast the pumpkin seeds, which make a delicious and healthy snack. The tradition of carving a pumpkin for Halloween has been around for quite some time. In the following article by History, they talk about some interesting origins of the jack o’ lantern for Halloween:
History Of The Jack O’ Lantern
Every October, carved pumpkins peer out from porches and doorsteps in the United States and other parts of the world.Gourd-like orange fruits inscribed with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of the Halloween season. The practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns”—the name comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack—originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as an early canvas. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities.
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Halloween is celebrated in various parts of the world but its origins come from Ireland. When you know the history of the jack o’ lantern and the associated folklore, it makes pumpkin-carving that much more fun. The spookiness of the origins of pumpkin-carving can inspire what you decide to do on your own pumpkin. If you do plan on using pumpkins or carving a jack o’ lantern for Halloween, it is a good idea to be aware of what kind of pumpkins are the best for carving. In the following article by Gardening Know How, they share some useful tips on how to pick your perfect pumpkin for Halloween:
Choosing Halloween Pumpkins: Tips On Picking The Perfect Pumpkin
To make choosing Halloween pumpkins easier, it always helps to have a general idea about their purpose. Will you be carving them? If so, the type of design should accommodate the pumpkin’s size and shape. For instance, your design may require a tall and narrow pumpkin as opposed to a smaller round one. Small and medium-sized pumpkins work well for the more traditional jack-o’-lantern faces. However, designs that are more complex may require a larger sized pumpkin, so picking the perfect pumpkin for this is important.
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The first article discusses the how carving the jack o’ lantern came about and how the use of potatoes and turnips were originally used. Now of days, a pumpkin is more commonly used. There are so many ways that a pumpkin can be carved and decorated. In the following article by Country Living, they talk about some great ideas that you can incorporate into your pumpkin carving activity:
Our 55 Favorite Halloween Decorating Ideas
Headless Horseman Door Greeter
Give trick-or-treaters and Halloween party guests a (slight!) scare with this smaller-than-life-size headless horseman figure. Add his jack-o’-lantern head to one hand and a sign leading the way to the festivities in the other. Add a little character to your front porch with our free template and step-by-step instructions.
Glam Glittered Pumpkins
School glue and black glitter are all you need to give natural or faux pumpkins a chic makeover. Choose an easy pattern for crafting with kids or go with a timeless design, like a monogram or graphic pattern, for a sophisticated look.
Stack a Jack-O’-Totem
Add some personality to your entry with a pumpkin topiary in the shape of a totem pole. All it takes is a few faux pumpkins, basic craft supplies and a little imagination. Get crafting to make your own.
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That article gives us some pretty great ideas that you can use this Halloween. You can paint your pumpkin, carve your pumpkin, or simply place some decorative props around it. Make sure that you have an idea of how to plan on using your pumpkin before you go and pick it out. This way, you know exactly what you are looking for when you go to the pumpkin patch or pick one from the store.
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