It’s October and the pumpkin is king! Originally the role of the turnip as a Jack o’ lantern, now usurped by the hefty pumpkin. The Halloween lantern originated in the West of England on a night that used to be known as ‘Spunkie Night’. The lanterns are supposed to guard against witches and wandering spirits on the night when the veil is at its thinnest. A great excuse to get carving frightful faces into the orange flesh of a curcurbita. But what’s the history of the lowly pumpkin?
It is thought that Giant pumpkins were the staple food of the Peruvian Incas and they were brought to Britain by one of the first explorers of the new world, namely Columbus. In America the Native Indians showed the Pilgrim Fathers how to grow pumpkins between their crops of corn, doing them a great service as this prevented them from starving in the winter.
Pumpkin growing is often extremely competitive and the largest pumpkin ever grown weighed in 2,624.6 pounds that’s over 1000kg.
Pumpkins are also rather magical as it is said that if you keep the seeds of a pumpkin for 7 days then they grow even bigger and better fruit. And don’t forget, Cinderella’s carriage was originally a pumpkin. Today’s story is all about transformation and how a little woodland witch found the perfect house for winter.
This story has a papercraft element so you can join in as you watch, or tell the story yourself. To tell the story you will need an A4 sized piece of orange paper and a pair of scissors.
Editor’s note: When doing the papercraft in this video, cut on the fold and if you enjoy this story please do subscribe to DD’s youtube channel, I know she’d really appreciate it