🎃 Jack O Lanterns 🎃 Open Thread 🎃

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When I was a kid, even when I was a young mother the Jack-O-Lantern looked about like any of the images above. Simple and something most of us could carve. These days Jack-O-Lantern carving is an art form and a wonder to behold. I never get tired of being amazed at what someone can make from a pumpkin.

There are usually a few good programs on television showing these wonderful carved pumpkin art forms and I watch them all.

The Jack -O’- Lantern in the image below was carved by one of those artists. Isn’t it spectacular?

I’ve always liked Halloween. Perhaps because I’ve always loved autumn and the wonderful fall colors. Perhaps because I regard Halloween as the gateway to Thanksgiving and then my favorite Holiday, Christmas. Who could not love a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus?

But that’s down the road and this is about Halloween.

The practice of decorating “jack-o’-lanterns”—the name comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack—originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as an early canvas. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America, home of the pumpkin, and it became an integral part of Halloween festivities.

The endless creativity of the pumpkin artists as well as ordinary people amazes me.

Isn’t the scene below terrific?

Or how about this one? It must look spectacular at night with a light inside.

skeleton jack o lantern

I love the fact that someone took the time to carve a Christian Jack-O’-Lantern.

Jesus Loves You Jack-O-Lantern

How about the spidery Jack -O’- Lantern below?

I love the carved pumpkins and the marvelous creativity. What wonderful things we can do if we try. And with something as simple as carving a pumpkin.

Spider jack o lantern.

Here’s an advertisement, using Jack O’Lanterns for a Jack O’Lantern Spectacular.

People have been making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form.

Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.

You can read the rest of the legend here: History of the Jack- O’ – Lantern.

Did you know that the original jack-o’-lanterns were carved from turnips, potatoes or beets?  I learned that from the History Channel. When it comes to politics or a lot of history I tend not to place much credence in the History Channel. They have a bias and a bias in reporting history makes me very angry. But I think they can be trusted about pumpkins.

Pumpkin artists give us everything from the Death Star…

To the Grim Reaper.

And they didn’t leave out Linus and the Great Pumpkin story either.

All Hallows Eve:

It was in the eighth century that the Catholic Church appointed a special date for the feast of All Saints, followed by a day in honor of her soon-to-be saints, the feast of All Souls. The church chose this time of year, it is supposed, because in her part of the world it was the time of barrenness on the earth. The harvest was in, the summer done, the world brown and drab and mindful of death. Snow had not yet descended to comfort and hide the bony trees or blackened fields; so with little effort man could look about and see a meditation on death and life hereafter.

Begging at the door grew from an ancient English custom of knocking at doors to beg for a “soul cake” in return for which the beggars promised to pray for the dead of the household. Soul cakes, a form of shortbread and sometimes quite fancy, with currants for eyes became more important for the beggars than prayers for the dead, it is said. Florence Berger tells in her Cooking for Christ a legend of a zealous cook who vowed she would invent soul cakes to remind them of eternity at every bite. So she cut a hole in the middle and dropped it in hot fat, and lo a doughnut. Circle that it is, it suggests the never-ending of eternity. Truth or legend, it serves a good purpose at Halloween.

We once had a neighbor that referred to me, because of my love of Halloween, as a wretched little pagan. My father gave her a lesson, calmly and quietly in church history and if she ever claimed there after that she didn’t know all about “All Hallows Eve” and how it had been a part of Christianity for hundreds of years it wasn’t because my Dad didn’t educate her. She was one of the many who like to turn innocent pleasures into sin. Personally I think she was just too cheap to buy candy. So there Mrs. Murphy!

I know that many of the children of today don’t get to always enjoy the fun of going door to door and “Trick or Treating” like we did. Still much of the “feeling” of the Holiday remains.

Children and adults enjoy dressing up and playing pretend. I wish them all the fun of the Holiday. And I hope you all have a wonderful Halloween with or without Jack-O’-Lanterns. Otherwise, it’s just Monday.

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50 Responses to “🎃 Jack O Lanterns 🎃 Open Thread 🎃”

  1. helenk3 Says:

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    5 reasons why liberty lovers should celebrate Halloween

    Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love everything about it: the thrills, the chills, the rituals, the costumes, and the chance to dwell on the macabre without being put on some kind of government registry. I also love liberty, so it comes as no surprise that I see the two as going hand in hand.

    Many of the things I love about this holiday parallel what I love about the freedom movement. With that in mind, I’ve identified five values widely held by conservatives and libertarians that are implicitly reflected in the spookiest day of the year. Now you can celebrate guilt free, knowing that while you’re stuffing your face with candy, you’re also living out your political philosophy!

    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/10/5-reasons-why-liberty-lovers-should-celebrate-halloween

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    University of Texas issues 29-point checklist on offensive Halloween costumes

    Even themes approved by school ‘can be carried out incorrectly’

    Leave your cowboy boots and Hawaiian leis at home this Halloween unless you want to hear from University of Texas-Austin administrators.

    Sorority and Fraternity Life, part of the Office of the Dean of Students, issued its updated “costume and theme resource guide” last week, instructing UT Greeks to avoid Halloween party costumes and themes that may “appropriate another culture or experience.”

    http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/29680/

    Imagine the horror of someone being “offended” by your choice of Halloween costume. It’s not to be endured!

  6. helenk3 Says:

    https://70news.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/hillary-clintons-meltdown-calls-dnc-chair-donna-brazile-brain-dead-buffalo-and-tells-matt-lauer-hes-finished-if-trump-wins-after-rogue-email-question-during-presidential-forum/

    clinton meltdown if she was this bad after the matt lauer appearance, it must have been quite a sight after the new FBI investigation was made public

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Not sure how much of this I believe. That she’s a foul-mouthed harridan? I certainly believe that. But that sight is connect with Rush Limbaugh and that concerns me.

      Limbaugh is a massive Trumpanzee. I think it also is a way of fighting fire with fire.

      So many think Trump is crazy and the choice for many has been “crook or Crazy” and most then chose crook. If they can make her look crazy too then it’s crooked and crazy vs crazy.

      For me their both crooks and he’s crazy and she’s a power hungry harridan with a foul mouth and delusions of grandeur. Thank you RNC and DNC and voters that gave us these two vile human beings.

      I still haven’t quite decided if I’ll vote for Darrell Castle or Evan McMullin but I sure as hell wouldn’t vote for Hillary or Trump.

  7. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/10/30/exclusive-immigration-officer-border-deluge-of-illegal-aliens-is-the-worst-weve-ever-seen/

    border overflowing with illegals

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I can believe that. Either they fear Trump and want to get here before he builds his “wall”. Or they think Hillary will give amnesty to every illegal all ready here. Either way a win for illegals and a loss for Americans.

  8. piper Says:

    And now for deleted e-mails by yuuuuuuugely crazy and crooked Donald Trump and companies over the years. Why couldn’t we vote tomorrow the real first Tuesday of the month and get this fiasco done and done.

    http://www.newsweek.com/2016/11/11/donald-trump-companies-destroyed-emails-documents-515120.html

    • piper Says:

      Now let’s see how fast the media picks this bigly tidbit up and runs away with it for at least several news cycles.

      Need a shot of humor in my coffee this morning before exercising my bod instead of my mind.

    • helenk3 Says:

      stole it

    • helenk3 Says:

      I posted it on two sites that have a of trump supporters.
      kept getting the same reply, but he was not government so it is ok.

      I learned something today
      a citizen does not have to obey the law. good to know

  9. helenk3 Says:

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/jesuss-tomb-opened-first-time-centuries-192734029.html

    wouldn’t it be awesome to be there and see this?

  10. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    What a great post! I love all of the different pumpkins, and you are right – carving pumpkins has risen to a whole new level. People amaze me with their creativity!

    And the additional cartoons in the comments are fantastic! Just spot on.

    piper, very interesting abt Trump and his emails. People seem to forget how corrupt he is, what a cheat and liar he is when it comes to his businesses, never mind that he has been in bed with the MOB. Because people hate Clinton, they are ignoring all of the crappy things Trump does, never mind his astonishing lack of character. Amazing.

    Oh, there was an article in today’s paper on Evan McMullin! I was surprised, but glad to see it. It was a good one, too. His running mate, btw, is a woman, Mindy Flynn.

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    From what I’ve read the whole thing with Comey, the new emails, Huma and Weiner is only going to be important to those who haven’t made up their mind yet.

    I’m just amazed that there is anyone that hasn’t made up their mind yet.

  12. kenoshamarge Says:

    Dan Bongino: I was a federal agent and these 4 things stink about the Clinton email investigation

    Here are just a few of the puzzling anomalies that should leave you scratching your head:

    First why is the FBI seizing computers now from the Weiner household and why didn’t they seize all of the potentially incriminating evidence at the start of the investigation? If it was a genuine investigation into the transfer of classified information electronically, and otherwise, why not seize ALL of the computers from the start? I used to enjoy working counterfeit currency cases and cannot imagine a scenario where we would initiate a counterfeit investigation but NOT seize the counterfeit printing devices. It’s illogical.

    Why agree to forgo prosecuting potential co-conspirators Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin — and destroy the computer evidence they possess — before charging them with a crime? That’s not the way the process works. In order to build leverage against a criminal conspirator, a federal agent would typically draw up a federal complaint or seek an indictment.

    Second, an agent would get an arrest warrant from a judge pursuant to a probable cause ruling and then, AFTER THE ARREST, he or she would ask if the arrested individual wished to cooperate, potentially using their cooperation against co-conspirators. Third, if the cooperation is substantive, then a 5k letter is issued to a judge, which indicates the subject’s level of cooperation and how that should be considered in sentencing the cooperating defendant. None of that was done in this case. They essentially said to Hillary’s co-conspirators, “Help us, pretty please, or else we’ll have to ask you again.”

    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/10/i-was-a-federal-agent-and-these-4-things-stink-about-the-clinton-email-investigation

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Thanks for this, Marge. It further serves to confirm that there is something very suspicious (and wrong) abt how all of this went down.

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        I hesitated slightly because Bongino has become a Trumpkin.

        But he is usually quite fair and it seemed a good assessment from someone that actually knows the process.

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

  14. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/10/how-do-democracies-end.php

    something to think about

  15. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    There was an excellent article in The Federalist abt Halloween, and how it is most definitely NOT a pagan holiday: http://thefederalist.com/2016/10/31/move-druids-halloween-christian-holiday/

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      It is not. But the secularists and the business people have turned it into some kind of Saturnalia.

      However bringing facts forth in this country at this time is often casting pearls before swine.

      And one of the things we loved doing back when I was a kid was helping mom make Halloween Cupcakes for us to take to school. Nothing elaborate, Mom wasn’t much of a cake decorator, just orange cupcakes with orange frosting and those candy Pumpkins, chocolate cats and candy corn stuck in the middle. We thought we were really something doing that. As did my kids when I helped them do it many years later. Are kids allowed to do that anymore?

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Good question – I don’t know, but what a wonderful memory to have of your mother!

        And yeah – you are right abt the “pearls before swine.” Facts and history don’t seem to matter much to folks these days.

  16. helenk3 Says:

    Editor’s note: DCLeaks has released what it claims are emails from White House Advance Associate Zach Leighton’s email account. The Department of Homeland Security says DCLeaks is believed to have ties to Russian intelligence services, NBC News reports. So far, the emails appear to show schedules for President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and travel plans for Vice President Biden. – Stephanie
    End of note

  17. helenk3 Says:

    Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has been retired from racing, ownership group announces – AP
    Read more on apnews.com

  18. kenoshamarge Says:

    Donna Brazile just got FIRED from CNN

    “On October 14th, CNN accepted Donna Brazile’s resignation as a CNN contributor. (Her deal had previously been suspended in July when she became the interim head of the DNC.)

    CNN never gave Brazile access to any questions, prep material, attendee list, background information or meetings in advance of a town hall or debate. We are completely uncomfortable with what we have learned about her interactions with the Clinton campaign while she was a CNN contributor,” Pratapas said.

    http://therightscoop.com/donna-brazile-just-got-fired-cnn/

    If all this crap didn’t benefit Trump so much I would be ecstatic! I have loathed this disgusting woman for years. Glad to see her bite the dust. Her and DWS!

    Now if the GOP would just get rid of Priebus.

  19. helenk3 Says:

    off topic

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/31/opioid-epidemic-dea-official-congress-big-pharma

    opioid epidemic DEA official…..congress and big pharma

    the is one big inside enemy of the country that does a lot of damage

  20. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.dcclothesline.com/2016/10/31/if-clinton-goes-down-loretta-lynch-will-go-down-with-her/

    if clinton goes down , lynch goes with her

    when was that last time that we had an attorney general we could count on to follow the rules of law and we could respect?

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Clinton and Lynch had both better be worried – it looks like the Obama Administration is tossing them all under the bus.

      White House: Comey is a Man of Integrity and Isn’t Trying to Sway The Election

      According to Josh Ernest: “The President believes Director Comey is a man of integrity, he’s a man of principle and he’s a man of good character. That is presumably the reason why President Bush chose him to serve at a senior position in the Bush administration’s Department of Justice.

      These same character traits are what led a strong majority of Democrats and Republican Senators to confirm him to this job. These are the traits that led the President to select him to be the Director of the FBI and these are tough questions so it’s a good thing he’s a man of integrity and character to take them on.”

      http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2016/10/31/white-house-comey-is-a-man-of-integrity-n2239619

  21. helenk3 Says:

    http://canadafreepress.com/article/whats-wrong-with-hillarys-face-huma-abedin

    more on huma

  22. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    For Halloween, my favorite Glee mashup:

  23. helenk3 Says:

    stolen from tch

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/new-state-department-documents-reveal-clinton-abedin-email-exchanges-classified-information-unsecure-server/

    Judicial Watch release new state dept documents reveal clinton- abedin email exchanges contain classified information unsecure server

  24. helenk3 Says:

    I could vote for this one

    https://scontent-mia1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/p480x480/13612160_10153867468953990_4844909569672116722_n.jpg?oh=f82037d460d93a93d9a91e856d7cbb15&oe=589102D1

  25. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3890748/Clinton-s-inner-circle-knew-FIVE-YEARS-AGO-Anthony-Weiner-talking-underage-girl-did-it.html

    hillary and her henchmen keep saying how they are fighting for children. they have a odd way of showing it

  26. helenk3 Says:

    way off topic but look too good not to share

    http://www.spendwithpennies.com/apple-pie-tacos/

  27. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    More evidence of what a “great” businessman Trump is. Mexico is accusing him of tax fraud over a failed development: http://thehill.com/latino/303691-trump-accused-of-tax-fraud-in-mexico

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I read somewhere yesterday that Trump is being sued by a polling company for not paying them. He seems to have a history of that. I’ll have to see if I can find the article.

  28. kenoshamarge Says:

    Trump Culture is a Monster as Dangerous as D.C.

    Sunday, at a pro-Trump rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, political commentator Wayne Allyn Root gave a brief speech that can be viewed as a microcosm of the entire 2016 election cycle.

    “Welcome to the Trump revolution!” Root yelled. “The peasants, the surfs, and the taxpayers with pitchforks, jackhammers, and blowtorches are headed for Washington D.C. Can you hear us? We’re putting the D.C. elite on notice. We’re coming to tear it down, we’re coming to rip it up, we’re coming to kick your ass! And we’re coming to put you in prison!”

    The crowd cheered like tweens at a One Direction concert.

    Root enthusiastically led the rally in a “Lock Her Up” chant. He then continued, noting that “in the face of awful fake polls,” he made a bet on the GOP nominee to win, saying Trump is more than a person, “he’s an idea…a big, beautiful, gigantic middle finger.”

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/10345/trump-culture-monster-dangerous-dc-frank-camp

  29. kenoshamarge Says:

    And meanwhile in Hillaryland…

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