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!
|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!