This dark legend made jack-o’-lantern carving a Halloween tradition

Jack-o’-lanterns come from Ireland, specifically the Irish legend of a man named “Stingy Jack,” according to History.com

According to the legend, Stingy Jack tricked and trapped the Devil twice and made the Devil promise not to take his soul. 

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When Jack eventually died, God didn’t allow Jack – an “unsavory figure,” according to History.com – into heaven. The Devil, who was upset with Jack for tricking him, also kept his word and didn’t allow Jack into hell. 

Carving pumpkins is a favorite pastime around Halloween, but the origins of the tradition are more sinister than you might think. (iStock)

Carving pumpkins is a favorite pastime around Halloween, but the origins of the tradition are more sinister than you might think. (iStock)

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