Sinclaire Sparkman: Pick the perfect pumpkin
Root vegetable lanterns were a common fall harvest tradition among the Irish. They used beets, potatoes, turnips, but they didn’t have pumpkins until migrating to America. I imagine it is much easier to carve out a hollow pumpkin than it is to carve out a fresh beet. As a prank, children began to carve faces in the jack-o-lanterns and pretend they were Stingy Jack to frighten their friends. So time rolled on, and eventually the pumpkin art morphed into more than a child’s game, and the glowing faces became a staple of the harvest season.
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