Happy Halloween!

Halloween is a very fun time of year for our artists at Red Arbor Tattoo.  We not only enjoy the festivities, but also appreciate the history. 

According to the Time's article The Real Reason People Carve Jack-O'-Lanterns for Halloween.  The reason we call pumpkins Jack-O-Lanterns is based on how a man named Jack, tricked the devil.  Jack was a cheapskate and was a mischevious individual.  He enjoyed playing tricks and pranks on people.  One day, he wanted a pint of ale, but didn't have any coins to pay for it.  He bargained with the devil to turn into a coin so he could pay for his drink in return for his soul.  As soon as the devil tranformed into a coin, Jack grabbed him and put him in his pocket with a small cross and trapped him.  Jack was able to make the devil agree to never take his soul and he freed the devil. 

Jack not only fooled the devil once, but there are other stories where he fooled him many times.  Every story is a little different, but they all end with Jack finally passing away and isn't allowed to enter heaven due to his shennanigans.  Upon reaching the gates of hell, the devil keeps his word and doesn't allow Jack to enter.  Instead, Jack had to walk the earth for eternity while carrying a lantern made out of a turnip and hot coal.  Originally, people used turnips, but now our culure has evolved into using pumpkins to ward off evil spirits.


Have a Happy Halloween!