The Legend of the Jack O’Lantern (Trending with Timmerie)

Do you carve a Jack O’Lantern with your kids around Halloween? It may be an enjoyable tradition for your family, but did you know there’s a deeper legend to the Jack O’Lantern? It should give you a chilling reminder of the presence of evil and why you need to teach your kids to never dabble in it.

With Halloween approaching, Timmerie emphasizes the Catholic origins of the holiday, noting that it’s historically known as All Hallows’ Eve. She addresses misconceptions about Halloween, highlighting the need to understand and embrace its Catholic roots while being cautious of certain practices associated with the holiday.

Timmerie shares her curiosity about the Jack O’Lantern after hearing someone express reservations about letting their child carve one. This prompted her to research its history, leading her to discover its origins in an Irish myth about a man named Stingy Jack. The story tells of Jack tricking the devil on multiple occasions, resulting in him being denied entry to both heaven and hell upon his death. Left to wander the earth, Jack carries a glowing coal inside a carved turnip, which evolved into the modern-day Jack O’Lantern.

This legend, Timmerie believes, offers a valuable lesson about the dangers of meddling with the devil. She underscores the importance of recognizing and teaching the realities of heaven, hell, and purgatory, especially to your kids. The story serves as a reminder to always choose God’s path and resist the temptations of evil. As Halloween has roots in the celebration of All Saints Day, Timmerie encourages you to embrace its true meaning by commemorating the lives of the saints and Christ’s triumph over evil.

Timmerie invites you to reflect on how you can incorporate more Catholic elements into your Halloween celebrations, especially in light of the rich history and teachings that the holiday holds for the faithful.

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.