The State Hornet

History behind the scary jack-o-lantern tradition

Marisa Hildebrand

October 30, 2014

Pumpkin carving is a tradition many students grew up with and still use to celebrate the coming of fall and Halloween, but few may know the origins of the carving tradition. The origins of Halloween jack-o-lanterns started in Ireland with the Celtic Harvest Festival of Samhain. Sacramento State hi...