The tradition of pumpkin carving began not with carving pumpkins, but carving potatoes, turnips, and beets. The Irish would carve faces into these in the hope of warding away evil spirits that roamed the land on Samhain. This idea came from the story of Jack of the Lantern (Stingy Jack). When the Irish came to America, they used pumpkins, which were native and much easier to carve.
The name Halloween is shortened from All Hallows' Eve, since it is the eve of All Hallows' Day (also known as All Saints' Day). Next, on November 1st we celebrate the actual feast of All Saints -- this includes all the Saints that have not been canonized and are unknown to us. Then, on November 2nd, we celebrate the feast of All Souls. This day is officially set aside to remember and pray for the poor souls in Purgatory.
The Gates of All Hallows Eve> The guardians of the keep are watching and waiting! Welcome to the world of Nick White - contemporary fantasy painter. The Gates of All Hallows Eve> Welcome to the world of Nick White - contemporary fantasy painter. Each reproduction is a giclée print on glossy 8 1/2 x 11 photo paper with an approximate print area of 8" x 10". Print has a white border around it, suitable for matting. As a photographic reproduction, you will need to frame this print behind…
...the time, according to folklore and myth, when the borders between the worlds grow thin, transparent, and permeable; when the dead return, and faeries ride the hills, and the twilight shimmers with ancestral magic.