Halloween: Jack O’ Lanterns take centrestage

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New York’s Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum celebrates Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, an annual festival with roots in Halloween, with more than 7,000 hand-carved illuminated Jack O’ Lanterns. (REUTERS)

New York’s Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum celebrates Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, an annual festival with roots in Halloween, with more than 7,000 hand-carved illuminated Jack O’ Lanterns. (REUTERS)

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Jack O’ Lantern is a carved pumpkin associated with Halloween. (REUTERS)

Jack O’ Lantern is a carved pumpkin associated with Halloween. (REUTERS)

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Carving of gourds was a practice seen among the Maoris over 700 years ago. However, carving pumpkins on Halloween, as we know today, began in Ireland. Seen here, a monster Frankenstein-themed Jack O’ Lantern. (REUTERS)

Carving of gourds was a practice seen among the Maoris over 700 years ago. However, carving pumpkins on Halloween, as we know today, began in Ireland. Seen here, a monster Frankenstein-themed Jack O’ Lantern. (REUTERS)

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Ireland’s Halloween festival is also seen as the festival of Samhain. It is believed that spirits roam the earth and putting a Jack O’ Lantern pumpkin helps ward off evil. Seen here, Jack O’ Lanterns displayed as a field of sunflowers. (REUTERS)

Ireland’s Halloween festival is also seen as the festival of Samhain. It is believed that spirits roam the earth and putting a Jack O’ Lantern pumpkin helps ward off evil. Seen here, Jack O’ Lanterns displayed as a field of sunflowers. (REUTERS)

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Much later Halloween was Christianised. Interestingly it falls close to the All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). (REUTERS)

Much later Halloween was Christianised. Interestingly it falls close to the All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2). (REUTERS)

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A train made of hand-carved pumpkin Jack O' Lanterns is displayed on the grounds of Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum during the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze in New York October 27, 2015. (REUTERS)

A train made of hand-carved pumpkin Jack O' Lanterns is displayed on the grounds of Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum during the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze in New York October 27, 2015. (REUTERS)

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Jack O’ Lanterns carved as a giant wedding cake is displayed in Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum, New York. (REUTERS)

Jack O’ Lanterns carved as a giant wedding cake is displayed in Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum, New York. (REUTERS)

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A Jack O’ Lantern is displayed as the Headless Horseman, a fictional character from Washington Irving’s short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in New York. (REUTERS)

A Jack O’ Lantern is displayed as the Headless Horseman, a fictional character from Washington Irving’s short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in New York. (REUTERS)

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Jack O' Lanterns are displayed on the stair railings of the Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum during the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze in New York October 27, 2015. (REUTERS)

Jack O' Lanterns are displayed on the stair railings of the Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum during the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze in New York October 27, 2015. (REUTERS)

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Jack O’ Lanterns carved as the skeletons are displayed in Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum during the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze in New York, October 27, 2015. (REUTERS)

Jack O’ Lanterns carved as the skeletons are displayed in Van Cortlandt Manor House and Museum during the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze in New York, October 27, 2015. (REUTERS)

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