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History of the Jack-o-Lantern – Pumpkin carving dates back to an Irish tradition of carving turnips and potatoes. When the Irish came to America, they discovered the native pumpkin and found it to be better suited to carving instead. The name “Jack-o-lantern” also comes from the Irish, from a folktale about Stingy Jack, according to the History Channel. Long story short, Stingy Jack had a drink with the devil, and played a trick on him that came back to haunt him in the end. The Devil made Stingy Jack roam the earth with nothing but a lump of burning coal, so Stingy Jack put it inside a carved turnip to make a lantern out of it. The Irish used to carve their own lanterns to scare away Stingy Jack and ward off other evil spirits. Find the whole story at History Channel, and learn how to carve your own Jack-o-Lantern here. Find out more about this history of pumpkins in this cool video. Oh, and keep in mind, almost all of that Halloween candy you’ll be eating is made with genetically engineered ingredients, so be sure to vote yes for labeling laws if your state has one on the ballot. You have the right to know.