We love Halloween. Not for the candy (well, not only for the candy), but for the chance to get all creative with a certain member of the gourd family – the pumpkin!
Pumpkins have been grown in North America for five thousand years, but were not native to the continent. In 1584, French explorer Jacques Cartier was poking around in the St. Lawrence region of North America and reported finding “gros melons.” The term was translated into English as “pompions,” which eventually evolved into “pumpkin.”
Carving pumpkins to create the classic jack o’ lantern face is believed to have originated with the Celtic culture, which celebrated summer’s end and the last harvest on October 31st. As part of the celebration, children carved turnips or gourds and placed a burning lump of coal inside to welcome loved ones who had died in the past year and also to protect against mischievous spirits.
Our premier pumpkin carver is Julie Rehman, our production manager and “the glue” that keeps the agency together. With four children, now all young adults, Julie has years and years of pumpkin-carving experience under her belt. Check out the spooky-cool scene she created for this Halloween!