Some believe that the spooky All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween originated from the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain, meaning ‘Summer’s End’ which celebrated the end of the harvest season. The Celts believed that evil spirits would roam the earth before All Saint’s Day on 1st November so would dress up in white with blackened faces to try and trick them.
Pumpkin carving also originates from the Samhain festival when Gaels carved turnips to ward off spirits and stop fairies settling in houses. With the influx of Irish immigrants to North America in the 1840s, it became hard to get hold of turnips so they turned to pumpkins which were more readily available.
With Halloween fast approaching, this fantastic lantern is perfect for those who don’t have the time or artistry to carve a pumpkin and what’s even better, you can use it year after year!
If you enjoy taking part in this annual festival, this characterful lantern fulfils the brief with its tall, slender appearance and eerie grin which intensifies when illuminated with a candle.
Made from zinc alloy, this Halloween pumpkin can be used indoors or outdoor, though should be stored indoors when not in use to prolong its life. Care should be taken if using real candles, which for safety should not be left unattended. The pumpkin is freestanding but can also be suspended using the rope loop, if preferred. Finished with a couple of leaves on his head and a twirly moustache on his top lip!
Join in the fun of Halloween with this fabulous spooky lantern.