Jack O' Lanterns - a little history and a lot of love

Why do we carve vegetables, put light inside them and decorate with them at Halloween?
An image from the Laughing Elephant's Halloween Postcard Book of jack o lanterns and black cats, Happy Halloween!

Two Halloween icons are cleverly combined in this vintage postcard.

Jack O' Lanterns

The tradition of hallowing and carving vegetables at Halloween is a long one. Its origins are Celtic, and the original Jack O’ Lanterns were probably beets, turnips or potatoes. Halloween itself has its origins in pagan harvest festivals, some think the Gaelic Samhain or the Roman Pomona.

The beautiful autumn foliage and clear, starry night evoke the Halloween season in this lovely image from Gertrude Kay.

Children carry carved pumpkins through beautiful fall leaves in the Laughing Elephant greeting card.
An adorable dog is surprised by a jack o' lantern in this greeting card from Laughing Elephant.

Surprise! This adorable dog is probably not the biggest fan of Halloween. Illustration by Edwina Dumm

Dog and Jack-O-Lantern by Edwina Dumm

Dog and Jack-O-Lantern by Edwina Dumm

Happy Halloween

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Children Walking in Leaves by Gertrude Kay

Children Walking in Leaves by Gertrude Kay

Happy Halloween

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From our Halloween Postcard Book

From our Halloween Postcard Book

Happy Halloween

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