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Origins of the Jack-O-Lantern

January 5, 2011
By RICHARD GAST

Halloween is nearly upon us; time, once again, for costumes and costume parties, haunted attractions, pranks, scary stories and, of course, trick-or-treating. While trick-or-treating is almost certainly the most popular part of our Halloween celebration, and the tradition most associated with the holiday, I would have to say that the single-most recognizable symbol of the Halloween season is the jack-o-lantern; the traditional hollowed-out pumpkin carved into a smiling or an ominous, glowing in the dark face.

 
 

 

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