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October 1, 2016 Good For You: Scaring Stingy Jack
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By Kathryn Kingen

Did you know that the great pumpkin owes its fame to a legendary man named Stingy Jack? According to Irish legend, going back hundreds of years, this miserable character was so crabby, nasty and disliked, that when he died he was rejected by both heaven and hell. Consequently his unwanted soul was left to roam the darkness on Hallows' Eve. oooOOOooo! Pumpkins were carved by Irish families as Jack O'Lanterns and lit to drive his wretched spirit away from their homes and into the shadows. Apparently those guardian pumpkins did a glowing job because in return the entire Halloween holiday celebrates the Jack O'Lantern face as its iconic symbol.*

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