Abbey Road, Mr Spock, castles, the headless horseman, gargoyles, cats, Dracula, ghosts, owls, teeth and not forgetting my logo. All of these are things I have seen carved into pumpkins. Brilliant, every one of them.
Folklore abounds with the pumpkin. In Cinderella the luxurious coach turns into a pumpkin after midnight. Then, from Ireland, the story of Stingy Jack. He was some good-for-nothing who tricked the devil one too many times before he died. After being rejected by both the heaven and the devil, poor Jack had nowhere to go. So he spent his time roaming around with little more than a hollowed out turnip with coal from hell to light his way. After that story got around, Jack O' Lanterns were carved and left on doorsteps, to ward off Old Jack and any other evil spirits. An alternative tale was from East Anglia from the seventeenth century called Will-o'-the-wisp, which translates as 'Will of the torch'.