reasons why halloween is the best holiday:
- you are not obliged to visit your relatives
- you are not obliged to get gifts for anyone
- people will give you candy for absolutely no reason other than halloween
- its the only day when its socially acceptable to go out in public dressed like a penguin
Irish turnip Jack-o’-lantern, Early 20th Century, on display in the Museum of Country Life, Ireland
In the 19th century, Halloween guisers (children in disguise) in parts of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands commonly used jack-o’-lanterns made from turnips and mangelwurzels. They were often carved with grotesque faces to represent spirits or goblins and were literally used as lanterns to guide guisers on All Hallows’ Eve.