The name "jack-o'-lantern" is of British origin and dates from the 17th century, when it literally meant "man with a lantern" (i.e., a night watchman). It was also a nickname for the natural phenomenon known as ignis fatuus (fool's fire) or "will o' the wisp," the mysterious, flickering lights sometimes seen at night over wetlands and associated in folklore with fairies and ghosts playing pranks on travelers.
Over time "jack-o'-lantern" became the popular term for a homemade object also known as a "turnip lantern," defined by Thomas Darlington in his 1887 volume The Folk-Speech of South Cheshire as "a lantern made by scooping out the inside of a turnip, carving the shell into a rude representation of the human face, and placing a lighted candle inside it."
It wasn't until Irish immigrants brought the custom of carving jack-o'-lanterns to North America that the more commonly available pumpkin came to be used for that purpose, and not until the mid-to-late 19th century that pumpkin carving became a Halloween staple across the United States.
Pumpkin Seeds – Good For You!
Pumpkin seeds contain a wide variety of antioxidant phytonutrients, including the phenolic acids hydroxybenzoic, caffeic, coumaric, ferulic, sinapic, protocatechuic, vanillic, and syringic acid; and the lignans pinoresinol, medioresinol, and lariciresinol. Pumpkins seeds also contain health-supportive phytosterols, including beta-sitosterol, sitostanol, and avenasterol. Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of bone-building phosphorus, magnesium. and manganese. They are also a good source of other minerals including immune-supportive zinc and copper and energy-producing iron. In addition, pumpkin seeds are a good source of muscle-building protein.
Eat raw or roast.
Information from whfoods.com
Trick or Treat Safety Tips
If your child is going trick or treating, law enforcement officials caution safety and encourage children and parents to observe the following: carry a bright flashlight – check batteries before leaving house – or use glow in the dark lightsticks; walk on sidewalks if can; walk facing traffic; obey local traffic signals; trick or treat only in familiar neighborhoods; make sure your costume does not cover your eyes; wear comfortable walking shoes; visit houses that have their lights on, especially those with Halloween decorations; be polite. Check candy for tampering before eating. Information from Mason County Sheriff’s Office. Detailed tips HERE.
Some alternatives to “Trick or Treating”:
Pumpkin Bash- a Safe Harvest Carnival, with Game Booths, Candy, Muffin Mash Cupcake Walk, Bounce House, and Lots of Fun. At Oakland Bay Jr. High School 3301 N Shelton Springs Rd. Shelton, WA. 98584. Starts @ 6:00pm until 8:00pm. Free Entry.
American Legion Alternative Celebration For children of Shelton/Mason County at the Memorial Hall from 4-9 PM. At 206 W. Franklin, Shelton. Candy, treats, games and patriotic costume contest.
Trunk or Treat at the Alderbrook Country Store/Texaco. Decorate your car’s trunk and be in costume to get candy. 4pm to 7pm. 1031 E. McReavy Rd, Union.
Halloween Party at the Little Creek Casino. 7PM. Free Admission with Players club Card/ $50 without. Must be 21 or older. Costume Contest.
Scary Halloween Costume Contest & Party at the Alderbrook Resort and Spa, 8pm. Must be 21 or older. Costume contest, live music. More information HERE.
What are you doing for Halloween? What is your favorite food to make for Halloween?
Scary-Nights Haunted House in Bucoda. 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Bucoda Town Gym.
Ghost of the Schmidt House Tour in Tumwater. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. At the Schmidt House.
I-Spy Halloween Fun, downtown Olympia. 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Free.Trick or treaters will find more than free treats. The businesses taking part in ?I-Spy Halloween? will offer treats plus the chance to win a treasure chest full of prizes and gift certificates.
October 31, 2013/KMAS News Radio