Jack-o-Lanterns at Cedar House in Rothley
Today, at Cedar House in Rothley, the residents had a go at pumpkin carving – a jack-0-lantern.
A jack-o-lantern is a carved pumpkin or turnip lantern, associated with the holiday of Halloween and named after the phenomenon of a strange light flickering over peat bogs, called will-o-the-wisp or jack-o-lantern.
In a jack-o-lantern, the top of the pumpkin or turnip is cut off to form a lid, the inside flesh is scooped out, and image, usually a monstrous or comical face, is carved out of the rind to expose the hollow interior.
To create the lantern effect, a light source is placed within before the lid in closed. The light source is traditionally a flame, such as, a candle or tea light, but artificial jack-o-lanterns with electric lights are also marketed. It is common to see jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and otherwise used as decorations prior to and on Halloween.