Halloweeen Fact of the Day #3  

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10/3/2005 6:05 pm

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Halloweeen Fact of the Day #3

The term “Jack-O-Lantern” came from an Irish folk tale. Jack was an Irish blacksmith; he was notorious as a drunkard and trickster. One night, he tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree. Jack then cut a cross into the tree trunk, trapping the Devil in the branches. Jack then said he would only let the Devil out of the tree if he promised not to claim his soul when he died. Wanting to be back in his own realm, the Devil agreed.

According to the folk tale, after Jack died, he was denied entrance to Heaven because of his evil ways, but he was also denied a spot in Hell because of his deal with the Devil many years earlier. The Devil took pity on Jack and gave him a glowing coal to light his way.

(This is one version of the story that I found. There might be others)

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