Some of you may recognise the face? For those of you who don’t, it is, of course, Walter White aka Heisenberg (aka Bryan Cranston) from the brilliant ‘Breaking Bad’ series. The picture you are looking at is, in fact, a pumpkin and it is the amazing artwork of my brother David Jordan.
Did you know the British tradition of carving a scary face into a vegetable was originally done with turnips? When Irish immigrants took the idea of the jack o’lantern to America, they started using pumpkins because they were cheaper than turnips. It is suggested that it is the legend of Stingy Jack that inspired the carving of scary faces onto pumpkins. He is supposed to have trapped the Devil, only letting him go on the condition that Jack would never go to Hell. However, when he died, due to his devilish dealings, Jack was not permitted into Heaven so he was condemned to wander the earth as a ghost for all eternity. Jack was given a lump of burning coal by the Devil and Jack carried it round in a carved-out turnip to light his way.
Have a spookily fantastic Halloween everyone!!