Carving Jack-O’-Lanterns originated centuries ago from the Irish myth “Stingy Jack.” The story goes that Jack invited the Devil to join him for a brew. After the pair enjoyed their spirits, Jack realized he could not afford the bill. He persuaded the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack would use to pay off their debts. The Devil reluctantly transformed into a coin. Instead of paying the barkeep, Jack kept the money. He slipped the coin into his pocket alongside a silver cross, and the presence of another spirit prevented the Devil from escaping. When Jack passed away, he had proved no friend of the Devil. The Devil condemned Jack to an eternity of roaming the earth. To light the way, the Devil gave Jack a single, carved turnip that held a burning coal, and the Irish referred to the image of Jack roaming the earth as “Jack of the Lantern.” Believers began to carve their own interpretations of Jack into turnips, potatoes, large beets, and eventually into pumpkins and to place their creations in windows to frighten away evil spirits.