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The history of the Jack-O'-Lantern is close to me as it is an old Irish tale and i am fond of Halloween. Legend has it the Jack was a crafty and devious man. He is said to have tricked the devil twice, once in a pub and once more in an apple orchard. Jack is said to have conned the devil into turning himself into a coin to pay for drinks. When the devil did so Jack is said to have picked up the devil and put him in his pocket next to a cross so the devil could not leave. Then after some time Jack let the devil go and said, "do not bother me for a year." and the devil did. When the year passed the devil returned for Jack. When he did he asked the devil to climb a tree and Jack carved a cross in the tree to trap the devil. After Jack set the devil free Jack said, "Do not bother me for ten years." and the devil complied. Jack died before the ten years was up and neither God nor the devil allowed him into either heaven or hell for his wicked deeds. People who knew this carved lanterns out of potatoes or turnips for jack to see at night. When the Irish came to America pumpkins were more prevalent than traditional potatoes or turnips and thus the tradition of pumpkin carving was born.
Contributed by Ethan McNabb