This weekend NRT will be hosting its Spooktacular event on Saturday, October 28th from 4:00-7:00 pm! This is an awesome family-friendly event to take part in right before Halloween. So wear your costume if you'd like and come to Sheep Pasture for hayrides, fun crafts, pumpkin decorating and other events. You can also take home a pumpkin to carve later!
Isn't the first thing most of us picture when we think "Halloween" is the mighty pumpkin? It is common knowledge that pumpkins are associated with Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the fall season in general. But why? Haven’t you ever wondered why pumpkins hold such significance during this time of year? Where does the tradition of pumpkin carving come from?
Well, the origin of pumpkin carving dates way back to ancient Ireland when the Irish used to carve jack o’lanterns out of turnips. The tradition begins with the folktale of “Stingy Jack,” a man who leads an immoral life and tricks the Devil into not taking his soul when he dies. However, because of his lifetime of wrongdoings, he is also refused entry through the pearly gates upon his death and is forced to spend eternity aimlessly walking through darkness. To light his way, he places a glowing ember inside a carved out turnip and has been roaming the Earth ever since as a strange, ghostly figure. Therefore, people in Ireland would carve their own turnips with scary faces, place embers inside, and put them outside their homes to ward off Stingy Jack or any other unearthly creatures. It wasn’t until the Irish immigrated to America did the tradition of jack o’lantern carving begin here, and the immigrants switched to pumpkins after realizing they were bigger and easier to carve.
So when you go to carve a pumpkin to set on your doorstep for Halloween, say a little “thank you” to the Irish culture because without it, you would not have anything to protect you from Stingy Jack.
For cool tips and tricks to carving a pumpkin, click here!
See you on Saturday at Sheep Pasture's Spooktacular!!!
For more information about the Spooktacular, check out our event page here.