MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do we carve pumpkins?

MUNDANE MYSTERIES: Why do we carve pumpkins?

This is probably the most popular weekend for carving pumpkins. You might be cutting up a few Jack-o-Lanterns the next few days. But where did it all start? Why do we carve pumpkins?

Much like Halloween costumes, pumpkin carving started out as a way for people to scare off evil spirits around Halloween. Back in the day, the people would carve the faces into turnips, beets, or potatoes instead of pumpkins. Then it evolved into pumpkin carving.

Happy Jack-O-Lantern season!

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