halloween fun

Turnips, Pumpkins & Stingy Jack


 

WHY WE CARVE PUMPKINS INTO JACK-O-LANTERNS: A BRIEF HISTORY

jackolanterncarving-800pxDo you know where the tradition of carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns came from? It begins with an Irish legend and ends with Irish immigrants to the United States. Here’s the story. Read it to your kids in your scariest voice!

Many years ago, in a village in the Irish countryside, there lived a miserable man known as “Stingy Jack.” Because he was lazy and opposed to work, he lived by stealing from others.

Jack’s favorite food was turnips, and he often carried a turnip with him—just in case he should get hungry before he found a bit of food to steal.

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Halloween Pumpkin Fun for Everyone


 

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN FUN: A BOOK, A SONG & ORIGAMI

scary pumpkinAny discussion of pumpkins, especially in October, wouldn’t be complete without a reference or two to jack-o-lanterns.

Some kids embrace Halloween in all its eerie glory: ghosts, goblins, witches and jack-o-lanterns grinning in the night.

Others find the spookiness of the holiday a bit intimidating.

And some, let’s face it, find the whole idea of Halloween just plain shiver-in-your-shoes scary!

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