Carved Turnip Head
In Ireland, people celebrated Hallowe'en long before the tradition became popular in North America. This festival was called Samhain or Celtic New Year. At Samhain, people celebrated by carving turnip Jack-o'-lanterns. Irish immigrants brought the tradition with them to North America in the 1840s. Pumpkins were plentiful in the New World, and easy to carve, so eventually they were used instead of turnips.