It’s nearly Halloween, which means people are heading to their local pumpkin patch to search for the perfect pumpkin to carve. Here are some fun and original stencil ideas to make your jack-o'-lantern standout. Carving vegetables for decorative purposes originated in Ireland. According to the History Channel, the word jack-o'-lantern "comes from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack—originated in Ireland, where large turnips and potatoes served as an early canvas." When Irish immigrants arrived in the United States, the preferred vegetable for carving became the pumpkin, native to the Americas. Click on to see some great carving ideas for Halloween 2016 and to learn more about the history of pumpkin carving.
Above, a pumpkin carved with the likeness of Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. (Imgur / fizzgig)