by the Tempeh Spirit
Native Foods Cafe
The Halloween tradition of carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns dates back many centuries, when the lanterns were actually hollowed out turnips or gourds rather than pumpkins. Legend has it that a man by the name of Stingy Jack double-crossed the devil by tricking him into turning into a silver coin in order to pay for Jack’s drink (living up to his name!). Instead of using the coin to pay for the drink, Jack slid it into his pocket next to a silver cross he had picked up earlier that day. The powers of the cross prevented the devil from changing back into his original form. Eventually Jack agreed to free the devil from his pocket only if the devil promised to never take Jack’s soul. Through the course of his life, Jack played a few more tricks on the devil, which only angered the devil more. When Jack finally died, God would not allow such shady soul into heaven; and the devil kept his promise to never let Jack into hell, so Jack was left with nowhere to go. The devil sent Jack into the endless night with a lump of burning coal, which Jack put into a hollowed out turnip to create a makeshift lantern. He then became known as Jack of the lantern which was later shortened to jack-o’-lantern.
So here is your chance to vote on these modern-day jack-o’-lanterns! They were carved by Native Foods customers and we need help choosing some winners. So pick your favorites for these three categories:
Then post your selections on our Facebook wall!
Pumpkin #13 (Lucky 13, that is!)
Return to Facebook to cast your votes on our wall!