pumpkinSince writing The Ex Lottery, I’m a little obsessed with all things Irish, but I was surprised when I started looking up Halloween stories that might interest my readers.

Did you know that by some accounts the tradition of carving a jack-o’-lantern on Halloween originated in Ireland? The Irish carved grotesque faces into turnips and beets.  Our neighborhood sticks to carving pumpkins, but those pumpkins greet an amazing number of Irish descendants.

The Irish Travelers live just outside my town’s city limits in Murphy’s Village. They spare no expense dressing their children for this special night. So tonight, I’ll be sitting on a neighborhood porch with friends handing out thousands of pieces of candy treats to the long lines of goblins, princes, and super heroes.

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