Halloween Fun Facts #2

HALLOWEEN FUN FACT #2 Jack o Lanterns

When we think Halloween, we often think

Jack-O’-Lanterns,

am I right? 

Well here are a few fun facts about the

amazing Jack-O’-Lantern

and his cousin, the unadorned pumpkin. 

Did you know? Speed carving Jack-o’-Lanterns is thing!

Eeeeek!  That sounds terrifying to me, but Good Housekeeping reports that Stephen Clark holds the record for the fastest pumpkin carving at 16.47 seconds.  WOW!  And get this, the Jack-o’-Lantern’s face had to include everything one would expect to see on a face, eyes, nose, mouth and even ears! 

Source:  https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/halloween-ideas/a35150/halloween-facts/

Did you know? Did you know there is a world record for the most Jack-o’-lanterns? 

Well, I didn’t.  Apparently that honor goes to the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire.  In 2013 they had 30,581 pumpkins on display!  This was the 9th record breaking showing for the Keene Pumpkin Festival, according to Wikipedia.  

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Hampshire_Pumpkin_Festival

Did you know? Illinois is the BIGGEST pumpkin producing state in the USA! 

According to the USDA, the Land of Lincoln produced 420 million pounds in 2019!  That’s a lot of Jack-o’-Lanterns and pies, my friends!  WOW!  Apparently, we should expect a bumper crop again this year. 

Source:  https://www.ers.usda.gov/newsroom/trending-topics/pumpkins-background-statistics/

Finally…. Did you know that carving Jack-o’-Lanterns has been around for a long time? 

According to History.com, the practice was inspired by an old Irish myth about a man called “Stingy Jack” and his tricky encounters with the devil.  When all was said and done, legend tells us that Heaven nor Hell would accept ol’ Stingy Jack, and he was forced to roam the dark of night with nothing but a burning lump of coal.  Jack, being the crafty sort, carved out a turnip to hold his only source of light and began wandering the world at night.  “The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern,” and then, simply “Jack O’Lantern.” -History.com

source:  https://www.history.com/news/history-of-the-jack-o-lantern-irish-origins

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