Jack-o-Lanterns have been the universal symbol of Halloween for centuries. According to the History Channel, the legend dates back to an Irish myth about a man named Stingy Jack. As the tale goes, Jack made several deals with the Devil, which never goes over well with God. Soon after, the Devil felt tricked by Jack’s deals. Basically, no one liked him. After Jack passed on, the legend has it, he was never allowed to enter heaven or hell because of his untrustworthy ways. His spirit is said to roam around with only a lantern filled with burning coals to light his way. The Irish named his ghostly form “Jack of the Lantern,” which eventually became “Jack-o-Lantern.”
Nowadays, pumpkin carving is a beloved holiday past time among children and adults. In the age of social media, we’ve seen designs become more elaborate, as creative expression is shared openly amongst platforms. This year, we combed through Instagram to find our top Jack-o-Lantern designs of the season. Here’s a look at what we’ve found!
For more on the history of the Jack-o-Lantern see the video clip below: