Halloween trivia: From top costumes to carving turnips instead of pumpkins

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It was a former person to be precise. According to one Irish folklore story, a crafty man named Jack tricked the devil into climbing a tree and then carving a cross on the tree, trapping the devil. Jack let the devil go, but not before getting assurance that the devil would never collect Jack's soul. The devil agreed, and Jack went on to live a sinful life.

Upon death, Jack was promptly turned away from heaven. True to his word, the devil didn't let Jack into hell either, instead throwing a fiery piece of coal from the pit of hell at him, which Jack caught and put into a carved out turnip. He then wandered the earth without anywhere to go.

The actual tradition of putting lights inside carved out objects is actually just a continuation of lighting the way for the spirits that were believed to rise from the grave and visit their families once more, but where's the fun in that?
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