There is a long tradition of carving lanterns from vegetables throughout Ireland and Britain,
but immigrants to North America used the native pumpkin. Turnips were carved into lanterns in Ireland
as a way of remembering the souls in purgatory. They were left on the doorsteps on All’s Hallows Eve along with a
Apparently, Jack tricked the devil (the manner in which he tricked him varies, sometimes Jack has the devil hanging from an apple tree
in others he is a thief) and made a bargain with him that he would never take his soul. So Jac was left to wander the earth.
The devil however upheld his end of the deal and didn’t claim Jack either
Jack had no where to go and no light to guide him. The devil gave him an ember from hell that would burn eternally