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Caitlin Zellers


The Man Who Tricked the Devil

The Origin of the Jack-O'-Lantern

Halloween is closing in on us, and with that comes the flood of plastic skeletons, light-up tombstones, cackling witches, and, of course, piles upon piles of pumpkins. I think for most of us, it's hard to imagine Halloween without these iconic carved gourds, but the true history of this symbol started with a turnip and a nasty trick. For Origins Week, I present the origin of the jack-o'-lantern. Read more.

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