A jack-o-lantern is first made by Pumpkin only. The Halloween tradition includes pumpkin, and without the Jack-o-lantern the Halloween festival is not complete. The Jack-o-lantern is a turnip lantern or a carved pumpkin, connected with the Halloween holiday. It is named after an occurrence of flickering light over peat bogs that are called as will-o-the-wisp.
The top of the pumpkin is cut off, and it is used as a lid, and the inside part of the pumpkin is removed, and an image such as a funny face or monstrous is carved out of the skin to exhibit the hollow interior. To get a lantern effect, you should put an oil lamp. For artificial jack-o-lantern, you can use electric lights. People usually place these pumpkin lanterns on doorsteps and also they put as a decoration before the Halloween holiday.
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The Halloween celebration in the United States didn`t happen until the immigrants from Scotland and Ireland arrived in the mid-1800s. In North America, you find a lot of pumpkin fields, but, the history does not say anything about why the first pumpkin or turnip was carved and lit. In 1866, the Harper`s Yong People, a children`s magazine reported that the pumpkins made a great sacrifice for that year`s Halloween festival. The art of carving the pumpkin grew even more popular in later years of Halloween celebrations. By the year 1920, the Halloween had spread the entire America, and now it is one of the favorite festivals that kids and adults equally enjoy a lot. The Halloween costumes and parties became the part of the celebrations, and from mid-1930, the Halloween celebrations included trick-or-treating.
Currently, the pumpkin carving industry is a multimillion dollar industry, and the farmers in the United States started to inspect particular types of pumpkins they produce, and they are producing a new line of squash that is good for carving. You can also make different types of foods with pumpkin such as pumpkin cake, bread, etc.