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ACK What began as a somewhat creepy Irish folktale with early Celtic origins has become the quintessential symbol of our modern Halloween and a staple for fall decorating. While the term "Jack O'Lantern" first appeared in print in the mid-18th century in reference to a night watchman and his lantern, it had long been used to describe "will o' the wisp" or "ignis fatuus," a phosphorescent light seen hovering over swamplands at night, always receding as one approached. While this was most likely the result of the spontaneous combustion of gases emitted from rotting organic matter, in typical Gaelic fashion the light took on a mysterious and ominous persona – representing something or someone that was not to be trusted. And from the marshes rose the story of "Stingy Jack," a drunkard who had the serious misfortune of running into the Devil on Halloween night and making a deal with him in order to get one last round. As Jack would later learn, it is never wise to try to trick the Devil (especially on All Hallow's Eve), and upon his death he was rejected not only at St. Peter's gates of heaven but at the doors of Hades as the Devil himself got the last laugh – sending Jack away to forever drift in limbo with only one burning ember to light his way. The 17 Above & Below: Totoro and Spiderman carvings by Noel Dickover Left: Portrait carving by Scott Cummins

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