Corinne carved a pumpkin this afternoon. Here's a video of the cosmetic surgery.
From what I read, the original Jack-o-Lanterns were carved from turnips and lit with embers. The pumpkinized form is a mostly American tradition. The tradition started with Irish and Scottish immigrants and their stories of Jack of the Lantern, a fella who'd tricked the devil and peeved God and wasn't allowed into either Heaven or Hell. Jack was left to wander the Earth with his turnip-ember lantern. Or so they say.
I love the Halloween holiday, but it depresses me to see stores full of prefab cutesie crap merchandise. It ruins the mood for me.
Some Halloween links: