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(October 28, 2006 by support Send DollMail )
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Halloween DollsHalloween conjures up certain images in our mind - witches, bats, candy, and of course, pumpkins or Jack-o-Lanterns. Like all traditions, there is usually an interesting story, and those pumpkins are no exception. Who would have thought that by carving a goofy face on a giant vegetable, we would be protecting ourselves from deceitful, wandering spirits?

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Stingy Jack

The history of the Halloween pumpkins, and specifically Jack-o-Lanterns, dates back to a very old Irish myth. The myth tells the story of one Stingy Jack who invites the Devil to drink. Stingy Jack is, well, stingy, so he tricks the devil into becoming a coin to pay for the drinks. The Devil complies, but instead of paying for the drinks, Stingy Jack puts the Devil coin in his pocket next to a cross. The cross keeps the devil from changing back to his true form, and Jack does not release him until the Devil promises to leave Stingy Jack alone for the next year and to not take his soul if he should die.

The following year, the Devil visits Stingy Jack again, and again is tricked. Stingy Jack has the Devil climb a tree to get a piece of fruit, but while the Devil is up in the tree, Jack carves a cross on the tree truck. The Devil can not get back down past the cross, and Stingy Jack does not free him until the Devil promises to leave him alone for ten more years.

Halloween DollsWell, as luck would have it, Stingy Jack dies. Heaven was not particularly interested in having such an unsavory figure, so the angels turn Jack away. The Devil could not take Jack's soul, and didn't really want it anyway, so he also turns Stingy Jack away. Jack is left but nothing but a lit coal to light his way as he wanders the darkness between Heaven and Hell forever. He carves a turnip to hold his little piece of light and becomes a restless spirit traveling the countryside.

The Jack-o-Lantern

The peasants who told the tale of Stingy Jack and his lit turnip carved scary faces into their own turnips and other gourds. They lit them from within, and placed the lanterns on the doorstep or windowsill to frighten Jack away. Overtime, Stingy Jack became known as Jack of the Lantern, and even later, Jack O'Lantern. Halloween Jack-o-LanternAll over what is now the United Kingdom, families were carving miniature Jack-o-Lanterns out of beets, potatoes, and turnips.

When those families began to immigrate to America, they brought the tradition with them. The pumpkin, a vegetable native to the Americas was soon discovered as the ideal lantern, and thus the carved pumpkin version of the Jack-o-Lantern began in earnest.

Halloween Pumpkins

As the Jack-o-Lanterns were used to scare away wandering spirits, the most useful time to display them is on all Hallow's eve when the most dangerous spirits were out looking for trouble. To this day, the most prominent Halloween tradition, other than suffing yourself with too much candy, is carving a scary face into a pumpkin and displaying it, lit from within, at your door. There is no telling how many evil spirits have been turned back by that orange, lopsided grin over the years Ė or have they?


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vikki4

16/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: December 21, 2006
Its OK
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Spongey63

20/Female
Posted On: November 7, 2006
Wiccans and Witches aren't the same

Witches believe they have powers and magic and they cast spells from books and stuff.

Wiccans don't even have wands, and they don't believe they, themselves are magical. They believe in certain rituals of healing and soothing. Also, they do certain prayers to.. well, idk who they pray to but they pray.
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Spongey63

20/Female
Posted On: November 7, 2006
cool! I think that story is awesome and partly true. Idk what I believe about "Heaven" or "Hell" but the story is really cool
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dorkyj2002

26/Female
Stuart, FL
Posted On: November 6, 2006
kool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :i con4: :icon 4: :ic on4: : icon4: :icon4 : :ico n4: :i con4: :icon 4: :ic on4: : icon5: :icon5
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milkdrops

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: November 6, 2006
KL cool thats so gd i never new that :icon1 4:
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kitty_kat_meow

22/Female
Canada
Posted On: November 5, 2006
Kool! i already knew that (not to be braggy)But still i think that legend is sooo kl!!
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coolizzzzzen

20/Female
Sweden
Posted On: November 2, 2006
COOL
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notavirgobut14

21/Female
Chaska, MN
Posted On: November 1, 2006
Great article very interesting and i agree with Lovelyangel929 if you think this is stupid why post and read the article?
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Spiritwolf15

24/Female
Henry, VA
Posted On: October 30, 2006
I never knew that, That's so cool.
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Xiaolin_Showdo

21/Female
AZ
Posted On: October 30, 2006
very awesome!
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kepepania

27/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 30, 2006
you learn somethin new every day heh
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akarui_bright

22/Female
Rogers, MN
Posted On: October 29, 2006
Cute! i really like these things... i think you should do them all through the year! i think a lot of people would enjoy learning about such things. and people... be kind. its annoying to read complaints.

Ha Ha the devil is a dumb-ass
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Hollimer

22/Female
Torrance, CA
Posted On: October 29, 2006
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Lovelyangel929

19/Female
West Lafayette, IN
Posted On: October 29, 2006
Why are you being so mean, MermaidGem76? What'd we do? And, overall, why come here if there's so many 'freaks', and if you're just going to be mean?
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crazykiek

45/Female
North Huntingdon, PA
Posted On: October 29, 2006
dont get all highand mighty relifgouse its jsut a story a myth. no 1 really knows al of the truth to it. its fits in perfectly for haloween.
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