In a minute you will know why the pumpkin has become the symbol of Halloween …
It all starts from an old Irish tale called Jack’O’Lantern. One Halloween, Jack Stingy, a mean and mean drunkard is in a tavern when the Devil appears.
He tries to buy Jack’s soul, who accepts, but in exchange for a nightcap. Satan then turns into a coin to pay the bill. Except that there Jack grabs the coin and slips it into his pocket where there is a silver cross which has the power to paralyze the Devil. Satan is trapped and in exchange for his release, Jack asks him for a 10-year reprieve. The demon accepts and is released. But 10 years later, he returns and Jack succeeds in fooling him again and obtains peace until his death.
But, the Devil will have his revenge. Once dead, his life of debauchery prevents Jack from going to Heaven. He is forced to go to Hell, but Satan, resentful , refuses to open it to him. Jack finds himself then forced to wander until the Last Judgment with a piece of hot coal offered by Satan to light his way . In order not to burn his fingers, he empties a turnip and puts it inside to make a lantern. Not a pumpkin, a turnip!
And when Irish emigrants land in America in the mid-19th century, they want to continue celebrating Halloween . And there is the problem: in North America, at the time, there were no turnips, it cannot be grown. They therefore decide to fall back on a local vegetable, originating in Mexico: the pumpkin , which then becomes and since the symbol of Halloween . The turnip will console itself by becoming the symbol of the bad horror movies we watch for Halloween.