Jack O Lantern – Turnip!!

Jack o lantern turnip

Just a fun fact.
A traditional Irish Halloween turnip (rutabaga) lantern on display in the Museum of Country Life, Ireland.

In Ireland they don’t have pumpkins they would carve turnips. When the Irish immigrated to the US they found the pumpkin cheap, easily available and much easier to carve. So our tradition started. Much of the Halloween tradition is from that country to ours. It was at one time called Mischief night children tipped over out houses and set small fires as well as other shennanigans. The tradition of giving out candy treats to stop the tricks (mischief) was started to end this. The costumes were also from Ireland where beggars to houses would wear disguises to keep from being recognized.

Happy Halloween.