Nov 02 2017
 
 
Halloween is over and we're all on a bit of a sugar hang over. I don't know about you, but this time of year is one of our favorites. We love walking down Harrison checking out everyone's pumpkins and spooky decorations while crunching through the freshly dropped leaves. 
 
We carved some pumpkins at the office and we were curious as to how and why the pumpkin carving tradition started. So trusty Google saved the day! While there are many stories about why we carve pumpkins, here is one we found interesting! 

"An Irish folktale tells the story of Stingy Jack, a thrifty individual who met Satan in a pub. After sharing a few rounds, Jack tricked the Devil into turning himself into a coin in order to pay the bill, and pocketed the Devil before he could return to his normal form. Conveniently, Jack kept him right next to a cross, effectively trapping the Devil as a coin. 
 
Jack only agrees to let the Devil go free if he promises he won't try to exact his revenge on Jack for a year. Jack died before he met the Devil again. He first traveled up to Heaven, but was turned away because he was so stingy in life. So, he went down to the gates of Hell. But, when he encountered the Devil, who remembered him all too well, he was denied entry there, too.
 
Instead, the Devil told him, his punishment would be to stay on Earth for all eternity, with nothing more than a single coal to guide him through the nights. The story goes that Jack carved a lantern out of a turnip to better carry his coal, earning him the nickname "Jack of the lantern," which would eventually become "Jack o' lantern."