Jack O'Lantern

The jack -o'lantern chuckled
Then winked his funny eye,
"I would rather be a pumpkin-face
Than be inside a pie!"
Jolly wolly pumpkin face
You're happy tell us why.
I'd rather be a pumpkin face
And not a pumpkin pie!
(author unknown)

There are many legends associated with European Pagan, and later Christian traditions, but to me Halloween, and good old pumpkin Jack O'Lantern is as American, as another holiday to follow, called Thanksgiving.
We bought a fat orange pumpkin
The plumpest sort they sell.
We neatly scooped the inside out
And only left the shell.
We carved a funny funny-face
Of silly shape and size,
A pointy nose, a jagged mouth
And two enormous eyes.
We set it in a window
And we put a candle in,
Then lit it up for all to see
Our jack-o'lantern grin.

(Pumpkin, author unknown)

Americans love growing, showing, eating and of course carving pumpkins.

Pumpkin pumpkin round and fat.
Turn into a jack-o'Lantern
Just like that!"

(Pumpkin, author unknown)

Needless to say, it is lots of fun!
Whether you've tried carving pumpkins before, or are just getting tempted, well, -now is the time!

Here are a few great ideas, from very traditional to rather unconventional.

It's easy to do.
See practical demonstration of HOW TO CARVE A PUMPKIN.
Happy Halloween!

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