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The Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins dates back to the Middle Ages when turnips or gourds with fires lit in them were carried to scare away evil spirits, which were thought to be roaming the earth during this season.
When the tradition came to the New World, pumpkins were more plentiful and were easier to carve, so were used instead.

Jack-o'-lantern - Wikipedia

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A jack-o'-lantern (or jack o'lantern) is a carved pumpkin or turnip lantern, associated with the .... When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the ... Many years late...

Why Do We Carve Pumpkins (Jack-O'-Lanterns) on Halloween?

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Oct 18, 2015 ... A brief history of the jack-o'-lantern and how carving faces on pumpkins became a Halloween tradition.

life-span of a pumpkin - Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Carving ...

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Depending on your local weather conditions during the month of October, an un- treated, carved pumpkin can have a life span any were of from a week to only a ...

How to Preserve a Halloween Pumpkin - Keep a Jack O' Lantern Fresh

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We chose 6 carving pumpkins of approximately the same size, shape and weight (around 2.5 lbs). One method required soaking the prepared pumpkin in a ...

How To Carve a Pumpkin - All About Pumpkins

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Everything you ever wanted to know about carving and painting pumpkins. Learn how to make your own designs, and how to preserve jack-o-lanterns to make ...

Why do people carve Halloween pumpkins? | HowStuffWorks

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Some had scary faces carved into them to frighten away any comers. Once the tradition hit the United States, Irish immigrants soon realized that the pumpkin, ...

Why Do We Carve Pumpkins at Halloween? - Live Science

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Feb 5, 2013 ... Carving vegetables into scary faces then lighting them is an odd kind of custom that just must have interesting roots.

History of the Jack O' Lantern - Halloween - HISTORY.com

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Every October, carved pumpkins peer out from porches and doorsteps in the ... people began to make their own versions of Jack's lanterns by carving scary ...