Origins and history of Jack-o'-lanterns | The Old Farmer's Almanac

History of the Jack-O'-Lantern


Where did the tradition of Jack-o'-lantern come from?

The Editors

Where did the tradition of Jack-o’-lantern come from?  Here’s the one-minute history of this Halloween tradition!

If you love to carve pumpkins, see some very creative Jack-o’-lantern designs and tips.

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Dan Pickerel (not verified)

9 years 11 months ago

Dear Almanac,
Some time ago in this forum or one like it you published an artical or manufacturing advertisement regarding planting herbs and plant starts, a bulb of burlap ready for putting direct into the soil. You were advertising a system to make plant starts as simple asap! This could have been as long as a year ago and I meant to document the information and failed to before it was too late? If possible could you point me in the right direction. I have an Idea to improve on this and it could be very beniffical to your readers.
Dan W Pickerel

Hi Dan, We asked all of the editors and didn't come up with anything on this one! If you recall the approximate year/edition or any other details, please let us know and we'll take a look through the archives. Thanks, the OFA staff