It was a hot August day and Jack got up early again today. He should have watered the pumpkins. Because he was a pumpkin grower. He had a big pumpkin field. Even he did not know how many pumpkins there were. He watered the pumpkins and sat down to rest a while. Suddenly he saw three men with a boy near his pumpkin field. He went near them and asked them what they were doing there. They said that they wanted to buy all the pumpkins.
But Jack didn’t sell. He said that they weren’t for sale. The boy named John wondered and asked the reason. Jack said that they were for Halloween. People would come there and take them in order to carve for Halloween.
John: Why do the people carve pumpkins at Halloween?
Jack: Their origin comes from an Irish myth about Stingy Jack, who tricked the Devil for his own monetary gain. When Jack died, God didn’t allow him into heaven, and the Devil didn’t let him into hell, so Jack was sentenced to roam the earth for eternity. In Ireland, people started to carve demonic faces out of turnips to frighten away Jack’s wandering soul.
When Irish immigrants moved to the U.S., they began carving jack-o’-lanterns from pumpkins, as these were native to the region. John thanked Jack and promised to come there in order to take a pumpkin for Halloween. You can make your own pumpkin. You need only an orange paper.