Carving a Spooky Turnip
Did you know the humble Halloween pumpkin is actually a type of berry known as a pepo? It originates from northeastern Mexico and the southern United States, where for many, the practice of pumpkin carving has become an essential part of spooky season. But while the pumpkin has its roots in America, the tradition of hollowing out vegetables, carving ghoulish faces in their flesh and placing a candle inside was actually introduced by Irish immigrants. In fact, Ireland was home to the Celtic people who first celebrated the festival known as Samhain, which many believe is a precursor to Halloween. At this time of year, as the nights grow darker and colder, the veil between this world and the next is said to be at its thinnest, and the spirits are able to pass back and forth.