One has to search for the origins of Halloween in the remotest antiquity, specifically in the late 19th century or even later, when men carried pumpkins on their heads to hide themselves from the vast herds of buffalos that populated the Great Plains. Plains Indians believed that by covering their heads with a pumpkin they became invisible to any animal or person whose name did not begin with “T.” This belief was extended to the colonizers, who also adopted this healthy habit of carrying pumpkins on the head. Nevertheless, for some reason, later this belief was considered a superstition or, according to other opinions, a nonsense. But the custom of cleaning out the interior of the pumpkin and carving a face through the wall of the fruit, has been preserved to this day in the so-called jack-o’-lantern.

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