Where do we get some of our Halloween traditions? Well, since many of them were brought along by some of the earliest settlers in the American colonies, it’s unsurprising that many of them come from either the British Isles or from Celtic culture in Ireland and mainland Europe. And now I’ve found a new source for some explanations.
This blog has had a fan for a while in Ed Mooney and his photography blog on WordPress. Ed takes wonderful, atmospheric black-and-white photos of Irish architecture and color shots of Irish locations and other stuff. Lately, he’s taken to explaining more about Irish folklore and Celtic traditions, particularly this month. Just today, I stumbled across his post last year about Jack O’Lantern on the way to something else on his blog (isn’t that always the way you find the most interesting stuff?). What can I say? The guy has a way with words, not just lenses and shutters. Bravo, lad.
The pumpkin story is about a rude, miserly guy named Stingy Jack (already we don’t like him with a name like that) who plays nasty pranks on everyone – including, apparently, the Devil. Then Jack, unlucky man, runs into the Devil Himself. I’m not going to spoil the story for you; you’ll have to nip over to Ed’s site and read it there. But his storytelling is so good that I don’t mind sending you there. So enjoy – but make sure you come back here for more spooky things, right? Right! Or we’ll send Jack Skellington after you. BOO!
Until next time, spookyfans!
Your spooky scrivener, Marie