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Happy Halloween 2021

Posted on: October 31, 2021

Happy Halloween! Here is a great post about the origins of the jack-o’-lantern you will find interesting. Thanks to Aurora Alexander. Enjoy the occasion and stay safe.

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Pumpkins with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of the Halloween season. The practice of decorating jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as early canvasses. In fact, the name, jack-o’-lantern, comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities.

The Legend of “Stingy Jack”

People have been making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited theDevilto have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack…

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40 Responses to "Happy Halloween 2021"

Hi Darlene, wishing you a happy and ghoulish Halloween!

Happy halloween Darlene! Enjoy the celebrations, xoxo

I saw your Halloween book advert on Instagram, Darlene. It is splendid.

Thanks! It was you who encouraged me to use All Author.

You have the perfect book cover for this season. Thanks for the story of Stingy Jack–never heard that one!

Thanks, Marian. The only Halloweeny type book I’ve written. I loved that story of Stingy Jack, as it was the first Id heard of it as well.

That’s a great story.

It´s great! I knew carving vegetables came from the British Isles but I did not know of this story.

Happy Halloween Darlene, thanks for the interesting story.

Happy Halloween to you as well. xi

Great story. I hadn’t heard it before.

I hadn´t either and found it fascinating.

Happy Halloween. Thanks for sharing this holiday info!

Happy Halloween to you and yours. Some fun facts you can wow your friends with.

Happy Halloween!

Thanks, Stevie. Happy Halloween to you as well.

Wishing you a happy Halloween. So nice pumpkin.

Thanks Darlene for sharing the story of the Jack O’Lantern. It was a fun read.

I love those interesting bits of information. Glad you enjoyed it.

I never knew the folklore behind Jack O’Lanterns!
Happy Halloween, Darlene!

Happy Halloween, Irene. I love learning these interesting bits of trivia.

Happy Halloween! Amanda in New Mexico is a perfect share for this time of the year!

Thanks, Patricia. Its the only sort of scary book I’ve written.

Happy day after Halloween! I loved Aurora’s blog on Jack-o-lanterns origin!! Hope you had a fun Halloween!

Thanks, Kirt. The holiday here in Spain is today, November 1, All Saints Day. So you are not late at all.

I didn’t realize that!! Well I learned something today!!! 👍Happy All Saints Day!!

Happy Halloween, Darlene – Amanda in New Mexico goes so well with the season. Toni x

I love folklore and the origin of celebrations and holidays! 🎃

Me too and I hadn´t heard of this one so had to share.

I’m glad you did!

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