BY SETH FAULKNER
Jack-o-lanterns go back hundreds of years in the Irish culture. The Irish didn’t always use pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns though. Pumpkins didn’t exist in Ireland, so they would carve them out of turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes, and beets. The Irish brought the tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns to the United States in the 1800s. When the Irish came to the U.S., they started to use pumpkins instead.