Autumn season is a great time to experience fun-packed Halloween Party with your family and friends where you will be able to see delightful colors of changing autumn. This is the time where Branson becomes Boo-City in Halloween. During this time, carved pumpkins peer out from doorsteps and porches in most homes in many parts of the United States. Gourd-like orange fruits are inscribed with ghoulish and frightening faces and illuminated by candles.
The making of “jack-o’-lanterns’’ is a long time practice derived from an Irish folklore about a man named Stingy Jack that originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as an early canvas. This tradition was brought to America by Irish immigrants and it became a part of Halloween activities in the United States. From then on, people have been making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween for centuries.
According to legends, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so Jack convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that he could use to buy their drinks. When the Devil did so, Jack kept the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross that prevented the Devil from changing back to original form. But Jack eventually freed the Devil under one condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and in the event Jack dies, he would not claim his soul. The next year, he again tricked the Devil into climbing 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 him not to bother him for ten more years.
Soon after Jack died and as the story goes, God would not allow such person to heaven. While the Devil still mad at Jack, he kept his word not to take Jack’s soul and wouldn’t allow Jack into hell. The Devil sent Jack into the night with only a burning coal to light his way. But Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has been roaming for all eternity on Earth. The Irish began to refer to the cursed figure as Jack of the Lantern, until it finally became simply as Jack O’ Lantern.
In Ireland and Scotland, people started to make their own versions of Jack O’ Lantern by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and placing them near doors or windows to frighten away Stingy Jack and other roaming evil spirits. In England, large beets are used. When the immigrants from these countries came to the United States, they brought with them jack o’ lantern tradition. Soon they found out that pumpkins, native American fruit, make perfect jack o’ lanterns.
A fun-packed Halloween festival is one of the most wonderful attractions in Branson where the famous Jack O’ Lantern will shine in every home’s doorsteps and porches.
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