Jack-o-lanterns light up Halloween

Pumpkins sat perched on railings and stairs, crazed smiles splayed on their motionless faces. Their eyes shone bright like orbs of pure evil. Jack-o-lanterns lit up the night, warning many of the zombies, monsters, and werewolves that await.

Halloween was mostly known for its tradition of trick or treating, but pumpkin carving was a major part of the traditions. Cut off the top and scoop out the seeds and pulp.

. After finishing with the gutting, separate the pulp from the seeds. The seeds are great for roasting, also it can be used as a decoration for the pumpkin.

Setting the seeds aside use a template or plan to draw out what the pumpkin will look like. With adult supervision, carve out the pieces of the pumpkin with a sharp knife, preferably a paring knife.

Jack-o-lanterns are mostly known for the way they light up. The candle does create heat so there has to be a way the heat can ventilate. The best way to ventilate is to cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin when you gut. Let the pumpkin air out and then place the candle inside, then light the candle.

At first Irish children would cut into rutabagas and turnips to put candles in them. According to History.com Jack-o-lanterns originated from a myth about a man named Stingy Jack. He invited the Devil to drink with him, but when he tricks the devil to turn into a coin, he was neither allowed to go to Heaven or stay in Hell.