WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Jack-o'-lanterns The first known jack-o'-lanterns date back to 1866. The name comes from a term for the peculiar light that flickers over peat bogs, known as "will-o'-the-wisp," meaning "fool- ish fire" in Old English Folklore. For years, jack-o'-lanterns were carved from pumpkins with the traditional triangle eyes and nose, and lighted only on Halloween evening. But today, people have gotten a lot more creative. They carve gourds, squash, white pumpkins, and green pumpkins, basi- cally anything that can be hollowed out. They use the pumpkin stem for a nose, or the seeds as part of the design, or they decorate their pumpkins with paint and glitter. Jack-o'- lantern contests — both for kids and adults — can be found all over New England dur- ing the Halloween season. There are also lighted pumpkin festivals that are held weeks before the big day. On Boston Common, you can see thousands of hand-carved, glowing jack-o'-lanterns as you stroll through the park at night. Roger Williams Zoo, in Providence, has a jack-o'- lantern display that will take your breath away, and Drumlin Farm in Lincoln hosts its own family-friendly fright night. Since jack-o'-lanterns are no longer reserved just for Halloween night, some peo- ple host pumpkin carving parties to get their 57 f a l l 2 0 1 4 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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