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October 18, 2021

30 Lovely Photos of Kids With Their Jack-o’-Lanterns in the 1950s and ’60s

A jack-o’-lantern is a carved pumpkin, turnip, or other root vegetable lantern, commonly associated with the Halloween holiday. Its name comes from the reported phenomenon of strange lights flickering over peat bogs, called will-o’-the-wisps or jack-o’-lanterns. The name is also tied to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a drunkard who bargains with Satan and is doomed to roam the Earth with only a hollowed turnip to light his way.

Jack-o’-lanterns carved from pumpkins are a yearly Halloween tradition that came to the United States with Irish immigrants.

In a jack-o’-lantern, the top of the pumpkin or turnip is cut off to form a lid, the inside flesh is scooped out, and an image—usually a scary or funny face—is carved out of the rind to expose the hollow interior. To create the lantern effect, a light source, traditionally a flame such as a candle or tealight, is placed within before the lid is closed.

It is common to see jack-o’-lanterns used as external and internal decorations prior to and on Halloween. Here below is a set of lovely photos that shows kids with their jack-o’-lanterns in the 1950s and 1960s.


  1. This may be niggling, but some of those pix are clearly from the 1970s.




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