A Mr. Freddie Krueger from Elm Street USA asks...
"Dear Mr. Knowitall, How did the tradition of carving
pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns evole? I LOVE carving and slicing things"!
Uh...Freddie? I can answer that...
Pumpkin carving began as an Irish tradition.
But instead of pumpkins, they would use turnips,
potato's, and beets. Basically they carved anything that could be carved!
Candles were placed inside the carved veggie to ward off evil spirits.
When the influx of Irish immigrints began to hit America in the 1800's,
They found that Pumpkins were bigger and easier to carve, and they
have been a Halloween tradition ever since!
Like I said before, candles were lit on All Hallows Eve to ward off
the Evil Spirits roaming the Earth, but they also served as a Beacon
so that their loved could find their way back home.
All this pumpkin carving talk has made Mr, Knowitall grow weary...
I bid you Adieu.....