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Halloween: pumpkins and Jack O’Lantern legend


During the Halloween period. Pumpkins are undoubtedly the most sought fruit by celebrants of this "spooktacular" event.

A banded mongoose plays with a Halloween pumpkin at a zoo in Chongqing, China, October 29, 2016. Picture taken October 29. REUTERS/Stringer

During the Halloween period. Pumpkins are undoubtedly the most sought fruit by celebrants of this “spooktacular” event.

Indeed, they are the most significant and recurrent symbol that we see in homes or on the internet to remind us that the most macabre day of the year is coming. In fact, the pumpkin was not the most common fruit used from the beginning as a representation of this event, but other vegetables were used in its place: beets, turnips and potatoes were used to be carved just as you do now with the pumpkins. Pumpkins were discovered only later, towards the first half of 1800, when the Irish began to immigrate to America and discovered there that pumpkins were far larger and easier to carve.

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