Halloween & pumpkin trivia…
Did you know the word pumpkin originates from the word pepon, which is the Greek for ‘’large melon’’? The French adapted the word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion…then later the American colonists changed it to the word we all use today, pumpkin!
Pumpkin is a squash and are widely grown for commercial use, and are used in food recreation.
In early colonies, pumpkin shells were used as a template for haircuts to ensure a round and uniform finished cut. As a result of this practice, New Englanders were sometimes nicknamed "pumpkinheads"!!
However for most of us, we would typically buy a pumpkin to carve as a jack o’lantern for Halloween.
There are many theories as to the origins of Jack-o-lanterns and Halloween. Early Jack-o-lanterns were carved from turnips and potatoes by the Irish and Scottish and carried in Celtic celebrations. The English used beets. Lumps of coal were lit on fire and placed inside the hollow root vegetables. When European settlers arrived in America, they found that our American pumpkin varieties were well suited to being carved as a "Jack's" lanterns.
People seem to have got more creative over the years...We thought these were some interesting pumpkin creations!
I know, amazing! But why stop at just one pumpkin, have a look at these dinosaurs that are on display in at the Jack o’lantern Blaze in New York.
How will you carve yours?