Halloween: How did we fall in love with pumpkins? – BBC News

Pumpkins are everywhere right now, but are they just an import from the US or does the history go further back?

Kathryn Hamlett looks at where the Halloween tradition really comes from.

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  1. Remember it's Halloween tonight and those lovely little children doing trick or treat will be out and about . . . So close the curtains and turn out the lights after dark so they think your out!

  2. We didn't, its American culture killing off everything else with its over commercialism – sadly kids these days celebrate this crap & "remember remember the 5th November" penny for the Guy is dying out.

  3. Ancient Origins of Halloween. Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1.

    Many Latin countries, also have a similar celebration day for what they call the day of the deads. Dacians, the great ancestors of Romanians also celebrated a similar day 2.000 years ago, as well as many other Latin countries such as Spain, French, Mexico, Brazil.

    Happy Halloween people!

  4. Al capone and many other gangsters of the world – including the UK – used to run protection rackets, forcing businesses to hand over money to the mob or their premises would be targeted.
    So now we have CHILDREN going round DEMANDING MONEY WITH MENACE, which is a CRIME under UK law, so why is it allowed?
    Threatening people with 'a trick' being played on them usually means vandalism of some sort, which is also a crime under UK law.
    This money-making racket has deliberately allowed to flourish by our weak-kneed government, in fact I'd go so far as to say the criminals in government WANT it to happen so as to install FEAR into us.

  5. Halloween isn’t Irish.
    Halloween is very very very very New!
    Halloween was created in the 1930s In Reykjavík Iceland by members of the Icelandic Mafia.
    They would send kids out trick or treating,
    And in the Trick or treat bags they would hide
    Firearms, and they would tell the kids to trick or treat certain houses, when they reached the house they would hand the bags over, that’s how Mafia associates would buy weapons in Iceland.

  6. Ireland?

    Ireland?

    This is the BBC saying Halloween is Irish? Halloween is a SCOTTISH holiday and tradition and there is no Halloween story in Ireland before the 1800s, while in Scotland Tam O Shanter is from the 1700s and there are earlier stories.

    Seriously I know the BBC is anti-Scottish but this takes the fuckinjg biscuit.

  7. “obviously the tradition of carving pumpkins is American”
    “well actually no it’s from europe…” >proceeds to explain how irish immigrants to America created the tradition of carving pumpkins in America

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