In the United States the pumpkin has long been associated with Halloween. In 1900 an article on Thanksgiving entertaining suggested a lit JackO’lantern as part of the decorations. In folk stories Jack waged a bet with the Devil and was doomed to walk the earth for eternity, the Devil mockingly tossed him an ember from hell that would never burn out so Jack could always see his way. Jack carved out his favorite food a turnip, first used before the popular pumpkin, and put the ember inside.
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