|Rumor: Best version of the Stingy Jack character ever|
My sources tell me this was mainly an Irish story, and the Jack O' Lantern was brought over during the potato famine. Amongst food, and equality, and complete acceptance, they also found pumpkins. The turnips, radishes, beets, potatoes, and even our poor friend the rutabaga...they were all ditched in exchange for the magnificently large and easy to carve pumpkin. By the way, the bit about equality and complete acceptance was a lie, but the pumpkins were not.
|Awwww, he thinks he's dead people.|
Traditionally, Celts used to have large bonfires to keep the dead at bay on Sowan, the transitional day between Summer (life season) and Winter (death season), but luckily for us, it gradually turned into the Jack O' Lantern. I can't even imagine keeping a bonfire on my doorstep. Not to mention if the headless horseman had to tote a cart behind him with a giant fire in it...
|From your love-able Disney company, subtly|
traumatizing children since 1923.
I feel like I should give you a pumpkin pie recipe right now, but...maybe some other time.