Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween!

The historic Grove Park Inn hosted a special weekend, celebrating Halloween with family fun for all.  From parties to pumpkin carving , there was something for all tastes.  They decorate the front entrance with pumpkins, straw and cornstalks while inside a huge floral display graces the table int he Great Hall!

Over to the right, the entries to the pumpkin carving contest filled the huge fireplace.  I stopped by to cast my vote for the best Amateur and Professional carving.  Pumpkins don't look like they used to - so imaginative and detailed!  I voted for the last one in this post.

How did our Jack-o-lantern of Halloween come about? Hundreds of years ago Stingy Jack played tricks on everyone, even the Devil himself.  As one story goes, Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree while Jack quickly placed  crosses around the trunk of the tree.  The Devil could not come down.  Jack made the Devil promise not to take his soul when he died, removing the crosses so the Devil could come down.

At the end of his life, Jack made it to the Pearly Gates only to be sent away.  At the Gates of Hell, he was turned away there too just as the Devil promised.  Now Jack was doomed to wander the world between Heaven and Hell for all eternity.  He asked the Devil for a light to help him see his way int he darkness and the Devil tossed him an ember.  Jack carved out a turnip and pu the ember inside. From that day forward, Jack  roamed the Earth, lighting his way with his Jack-o-lantern! 

 "The Pumpkin"

Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling,
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!
--John Greenleaf Whittier 1850 

Wishing one and all a very spooky Halloween!

Mosaic Monday


eileeninmd said...

Great post and I love all the carved pumpkins. Happy Halloween!

Old Kitty said...

What a story!! So worthy of halloween!! Poor Jack!! But what a tradition he started - look at all these amazing and creative carved pumpkins!!! Yay!

They are all winners!!!

Happy Halloween! Take care

Fuzzy Tales said...

Oh, such wonderful photos! Amazing carvings--very talented people.

Happy Halloween!

Kim, USA said...

Wow how they carved the pumpkins are fantastic!


ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Great fun! Awesome photos! Happy Halloween ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor) linked with MYM

Marlene said...

That sounds exciting! I like the one with a face carving, it's unique. And the last one is so original, looks like a real Halloween inside it.

Odie Langley said...

I loved the story and the pictures.


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