Held every year in New York, the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is a 25-night-long Halloween event featuring some 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins arranged into dinosaurs, witches, zombies, and other spooky forms. Via Instagram:
Although only associated with Halloween as we know it today since the late 1800s, the tradition of gourd carving dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries in rural Ireland and England. People created jack o’lanterns for the old holidays of Samhain and All Souls’ Night when spirits were thought to be the most active. Grotesque faces carved into the objects were meant to frighten away any ghouls seeking to do harm.
I have always, and will always, love From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and commonly reference it in everyday conversation. Also, I love Hariett, Lyra, and of course Meg Murray (I actually used to call my brother Charles Wallace), And I’m (not) sorry, but I also love Eloise. I picture her more now as maybe having some issues (who doesn’t?), but being very independent and quirky and refusing to conform to everyone else’s norms. Also, I can’t believe that Ramona Quimby isn’t on this list, maybe she wasn’t impulsive enough?