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Halloween: Rooted in Tradition

Posted by Whitney Bashaw on

The end of October is here, which means Halloween is just a few days away. As we enter the last few days of the month, many are prepping for Halloween? Have you purchased candy? Selected a costume? Picked out the perfect pumpkin? Most importantly, have you carved your pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern?

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Halloween with Jack-O-Lanterns? Or where the tradition of knocking door to door for candy came about? The origins of the Jack-O-Lantern can be found in Britain and date back to the 17th century. David Emery of ThoughtCo.com explains "The name "jack-o'-lantern" is British in origin and dates from the 17th century, when it literally meant "man with a lantern" (i.e., a night watchman)." Emery goes on to explain that Irish immigrants are responsible for bringing the tradition of pumpkin carving to America in the 19th century. Originally, Jack-O-Lanterns were carved from gourds but were changed to pumpkins as pumpkins are much less difficult to carve. 

On the subject of trick-or-treating, Today I Found Out reports:

"The earliest known reference to “trick or treat”, printed in the November 4, 1927 edition of the Blackie, Alberta Canada Herald, talks of this, "Hallowe’en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun. No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc., much of which decorated the front street. The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing." 
We hope you'll enjoy the upcoming holiday and share some of the knowledge you've acquired about the Halloween traditions. Happy Halloween, from Berndes Cookware USA!

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