Trick? Or Treat?
Each year, lots of families carve jack-o’-lanterns to celebrate Halloween. But did you know that the first jack-o’-lanterns were carved from turnips, not pumpkins? In Ireland and Scotland people hollowed out turnips and gave them creepy faces to celebrate the feast of All Hallows’ Eve. Many years later, when immigrants from the UK arrived in North America, they discovered that the native pumpkin made a much better jack-o’-lantern, because it was larger and softer than a turnip.
Trick-or-treating would look quite different today, without those familiar orange faces glowing in the dark!
Here are some wonderful, pumpkin-themed books that will help get you ready to trick or treat: