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Soon after, Jack died. As the legend goes, God would not allow such an unsavory figure into heaven. The Devil, upset by the trick Jack had played on him and keeping his word not to claim his soul, would not allow Jack into hell.

The Story of the Jack O'Lantern - Katherine Tegen - Hardcover

He sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the Earth with ever since.

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Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. In the United States, pumpkins go hand in hand with the fall holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving. An orange fruit harvested in October, this nutritious and versatile plant features flowers, seeds and flesh that are edible and rich in vitamins. Pumpkin is used to make soups, Trick-or-treating—going from house to house in search of candy and other goodies—has been a popular Halloween tradition in the United States and other countries for an estimated years.

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But the origins of this community-based ritual, which costumed children typically savor Jack the Ripper terrorized London in , killing at least five women and mutilating their bodies in an unusual manner, indicating that the killer had a substantial knowledge of human anatomy. The culprit was never captured—or even identified—and Jack the Ripper remains one of Halloween is an annual holiday celebrated each year on October 31, and Halloween occurs on Wednesday, October It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.


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In the eighth century, Pope On November 24, , Jack Ruby , a year-old Dallas nightclub operator, stunned America when he shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald , the accused assassin of President John Kennedy Two days earlier, on November 22, Kennedy was fatally shot It all started with a greedy man named Jack, who made a pact with the wrong person. When it comes time for Jack to repay his debt, the deal doesn't quite end as he expected. Katherine Tegen weaves together legend and tradition to tell the story of one of Halloween's most popular icons.

With vibrant and dazzling illustrations from Brandon Dorman, The Story of the Jack O'Lantern answers one of the mysteries of that spooky night. Thanks for signing up! We've emailed you instructions for claiming your free e-book. Tell us more about what you like to read so we can send you the best offers and opportunities. By submitting your email address, you understand that you will receive email communications from Bookperk and other HarperCollins services. You may unsubscribe from these email communications at any time. Specialty Booksellers Interest-specific online venues will often provide a book buying opportunity.

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