October is full of superstition and celebration with the traditional symbol of Halloween, the pumpkin, taking centre stage on almost every doorstep across the country. But why?
The reason for this plentiful fall gourd playing such a large part in our Halloween festivities stems back to the 19th century and an old Irish legend about a man named Stingy Jack.
Legend states that Stingy Jack was a trickster who had fooled the devil on several occasions and was finally dealt with by being banished into the darkness with only a burning coal to light his way. He created a lantern by placing the coal into a hollowed out turnip (because pumpkins didn’t grow in Ireland then) and has been roaming the earth ever since.
Over the years people began creating their own versions of ‘Jack’s Lantern’, now known as the Jack-o’-Lantern, by carving scary faces into hollowed out pumpkins and placing them in windows and doorways to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering spirits on All Hallows Eve more commonly referred to today as Halloween.
So with the air getting crisp and the leaves changing colour, that’s our cue to head out to Brantwood Farms, or your local pumpkin patch, warm up some apple cider and start carving our very own ‘Jack-of-the-Lantern’ to adorn our doorsteps this Halloween.