From the turnip to the illuminated pumpkin
Today's «trick or treat» originates from England and Ireland. There, people went from door to door, sang a song and asked for «soul cakes». With each soul cake you got, you redeemed a soul from purgatory. The custom of decorating with pumpkins originated in Ireland. It goes back to the villain Jack Oldfield, who deceived the devil. Despite this, after his death, the devil gave him a turnip and a glowing coal, so that he would not have to wander around in the dark. The origin of the illuminated pumpkin was therefore an illuminated turnip. In the USA, it became a pumpkin. And in the meantime, the jack-o'-lantern
is also a symbol of Halloween in our country.