As tradition stands these days we are coming into the season of Harvest and Halloween.
With this comes the popular activity of trick or treating on Halloween and carving pumpkins. All Saints’ Day originated in the eighth century when Pope Gregory III said 1 November would be dedicated to honouring all saints and martyrs. This is why October 31 became known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Trick or treating began in Ireland, Scotland and Wales when people started dressing up and going door to door to ask for food. Shining pumpkins were called punkies or jack o’lanterns. A jack-o’-lantern (or jack o’lantern) is a carved turnip, pumpkin or other root vegetable lantern. Its name comes from the reported phenomenon of strange lights flickering over peat bogs, called will-o’-the-wisps or jack-o’-lanterns. So, for fun residents wished to carve pumpkins, choosing the smaller variety. We talked of pumpkin pie but are very famous for making our chutney, so the cookery group wish to try a new variety with pumpkins.