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Why is a Jack-o’-Lantern called a Jack-o’-Lantern?

Stingy Jack and the Devil The story goes that the Jack-O’-Lantern comes from a legend that goes back hundreds of years in Irish history. It’s said that a miserable old drunk named Stingy Jack — who liked to play tricks on his family, friends, and even the Devil — tricked the Devil into climbing up […]

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Pumpkins and Jack-O’-Lanterns: Facts and Legends Good to Know

The story goes that the Jack-O’-Lantern comes from a legend that goes back hundreds of years in Irish history. It’s said that a miserable old drunk named Stingy Jack — who liked to play tricks on his family, friends, and even the Devil — tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree.   Stingy Jack […]

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Has Your Perfect Pumpkin Ever Caved In?

One day your pumpkin is bright orange with a nice sturdy skin – looking just glorious. The next day it has collapsed in on itself and is just a slimy orange mess. What happened? Many commercially available “Halloween” pumpkins are specifically grown to be oversized, thin-walled, with a huge seed pocket and a relatively small […]

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The Jack-o’-Lantern: A Devilish And Stingy Tale

Have you ever wondered where the Jack-o’-lantern comes from? According to an Irish legend that goes back hundreds of years, a miserable old drunk named Stingy Jack — who liked to play tricks on his family, friends, and even the Devil — tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree.   Stingy Jack put crosses […]

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Why Is A Carved Pumpkin A Jack-o’-Lantern?

The Legend of The Jack-O’-Lantern  As the story goes, there was a miserable old drunk named Stingy Jack.   He liked to play tricks on his family, friends — even the Devil —  and he tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree.   Once the Devil was up in the tree, Stingy put crosses around […]

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A Spooky Jack-o’-Lantern Tale

A Jack-o’-Lantern Legend The Jack-O’-Lantern comes from a legend that goes back hundreds of years in Irish history. As the story goes, a miserable old drunk named Stingy Jack, who liked to play tricks on his family, friends, and even the Devil, tricked the Devil into climbing up an apple tree.   Stingy Jack then put […]

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Has Your Perfect Pumpkin Ever Caved In?

Mine has and I finally found out why. Although lots of us buy pumpkins to cook the pumpkin flesh or toast the seeds (pumpkins have more beta carotene per serving than any other fruit or vegetable), many of us never buy pumpkins except to use as jack-o’-lanterns or for decoration. Many commercially available “Halloween” pumpkins […]

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What Do You Do With The Part Of the Pumpkin You Don’t Eat Or Carve?

If you’ve ever carved (or tried to carve) a pumpkin, one thing you know for sure:  the pulp and the pumpkin seeds that fill the inside of the pumpkin are stringy, slimy, and slippery as all get out. Halloween And Kitchen Plumbing Problems Apparently, this causes lots of kitchen plumbing problems. How do I know […]

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The Original Jack O’Lantern Wasn’t A Pumpkin

And It Comes With A Great Story Have you carved and cut your pumpkin and created your own original jack O’Lantern?  Some carved pumpkins, as you can see in these photos taken at Chelsea Market in New York City, are works of art. Abingdon Square Park in Greenwich Village hosts a Halloween Jack O’Lantern contest […]

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