The Month-Long Halloween Extravaganza!–Jack of the lantern strikes again!

Jack-o-lanterns–everyone’s favorite orange faces. 😉 However, jack-o-lanterns don’t need to be carved from only pumpkins! In fact, the custom began in Scotland and Ireland, with the people carving not pumpkins, but turnips and potatoes! You don’t see a turnip jack-o-lantern very often in the U.S.A, though. And jack-o-lanterns have a myth surrounding them, about a man named ‘Stingy Jack’. As the story goes, Stingy Jack tricked the Devil into promising to never take his soul. When he passed on, he couldn’t go to heaven, because he had led a rather unsavory life, but, true to his word, the Devil refused to let him into hell, so he couldn’t go there either. When Jack protested that he had nowhere to go, and not even a light to see by, the Devil mockingly tossed him a burning coal from his fire. Jack carved out a turnip and put the coal inside to make a lantern to light his way.

And thus, the jack-o-lantern was born!

With all the creativity people have, the jack-o-lanterns are no longer simply faces; they can be dragons, houses, a silhouette against the moon–anything! Which brings us to the next part of my post…*cue dramatic music*

The Awesome Pumpkins Gallery!

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(Photo credit: http://www.geek.com/geek-cetera/r2-d2-gets-the-jack-o-lantern-treatment-for-halloween-1290537/)

This is one labor-intensive pumpkin. Look at all the details!

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(Photo credit: http://blog.costumenation.com/general/how-to-pick-the-perfect-halloween-pumpkin-for-carving/)

You know what they say about black cats… 😉

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(Photo credit: http://blog.costumenation.com/general/how-to-pick-the-perfect-halloween-pumpkin-for-carving/)

Carving this must have required a good bit of skill!

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(Photo Credit: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~jdigney/pumpkin.html)

A Haunted House…*spooky music plays*

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(Photo Credit: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~jdigney/pumpkin.html)

A Phoenix! 😀

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(Photo Credit: http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~jdigney/pumpkin.html)

Neat pumpkin, eh?

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(Photo Credit: http://chocolatecake-men.blogspot.com/2012_10_01_archive.html)

Amazing. Just…amazing.

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(Photo Credit: http://chocolatecake-men.blogspot.com/2012_10_01_archive.html)

This one’s really pretty!

Amazing Jack O Lantern Ideas

(Photo Credit: http://bonasty.com/cool-jack-o-lantern-ideas-for-halloween-decoration/amazing-jack-o-lantern-ideas/)

It’s a dragon. A Dragon. ‘Nuff said.

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(Photo Credit: http://artofbonsai.org/galleries/halloween07.php)

Pretty…

(Photo Credit: http://paper-bob-omb.deviantart.com/art/Pikachu-Jack-o-Lantern-1-265828294)

D’aww…it’s so cute~!

Well, that about wraps up this post. I hope you all enjoyed it! Don’t forget to stop by Koko’s Blog on Friday for the next post in the Month-Long Halloween Extravaganza!

~Cloud

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