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Halloween will soon be here, so you better start thinking about pumpkins – in particular, how are you going to carve your special scary creation? Here are some great ideas to get you on your way . . .
Scary Pumpkin Carving Templates
Download get printable Halloween pumpkin patterns online. If none of these options appeal to you, consider looking through the templates in the articles below. To up the scare factor on any jack-o'-lantern this Halloween, consider using special effects.
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Jack O 'Lantern: The Real Story of Halloween
Do you know who the original jack-o'-lantern was? We often tell the story of Halloween, a holiday that is celebrated in the U.S. and Canada, without knowing the tradition. If you don't make it too scary, it can be a nice story to tell to children on Halloween.
Stingy Jack was an Irish blacksmith addicted to alcohol. On the night of October 31, many years ago, in a pub, he met the Devil. Being drunk, he gave in to the temptations of the Devil and gave him his soul in exchange for one last pint of Guinness. The Devil turned into a coin to pay for yet another drink. Jack managed to trick the Devil and quickly put the money in his pocket next to a silver cross (in other versions, the cross was embroidered on the pocket, but this is of little importance). This prevented the Devil from resuming its original shape.
Finally, the two came to an agreement: Jack would let him go, but only on the condition that the Devil would not come to claim his soul for at least 10 years. So it was.
At the end of the decade, Jack stumbled back into the demon along a country road. The Devil wanted to claim his soul. Also, this time Jack asked one last favor, apparently harmless – to seize an apple for him on a high branch of the tree. The Devil jumped on the back of the blacksmith, but he quickly drew a knife and drew a cross on the trunk. The Devil remained suspended in midair. Jack, this time to rescue him, made him promise not to come back to ask for his soul. The Devil was forced to accept.
But after many years, Jack's time of death came, and he was not admitted to heaven because he was a drunkard. At the gates of hell, the Devil stopped him, but he had promised never to take his soul. Jack, not knowing where to go, was forced to turn back because the road was dark. He asked the Devil for at least a little light. The Devil threw him a piece of burning coal from the Underworld. Jack could not let the flame burn out and needed to protect the flame from the wind, so he put it in a turnip he was eating and wandered so until the Day of Judgment. After that, a jack-o-'lantern (Jack of the lantern) became the symbol of a damned soul.
How a Jack-O'-Lantern Became a Symbol of Halloween
The name Jack O'Lantern appeared for the first time in a document dated 1750. It is known that the tradition of Halloween is that spirits return to Earth, which is why we wear disguises – in an attempt to frighten and disorient them. The custom of "trick or treat" arose because of the sweets that were left outside the doors of homes to appease their anger. Many also began to carve turnips and put lights inside them, hoping that the vision of a damned soul did flee the spirits. But how have we gone from turnip to pumpkin?
After the Irish potato famine of the mid-1800s, hundreds of thousands of people immigrated to America. In the New World, however, there were not many turnips, and so, slowly, on Halloween night, these were replaced by pumpkins. Thus, the carved pumpkin, in memory of Jack O'Lantern, became one of the symbols of Halloween.
Buzzbee (author) from The County of the Winkies in Oz on October 29, 2011:
Hypno: hope you do!
Hypnotherapy-Guru from Idaho on October 23, 2010:
Thanks. I will try some of these out!