Jack ‘O Lantern legend may have started in 17th century Europe
By L.J. Gambone
Apple Valley Review
While it seems no one really knows for sure how the tradition of the Jack ‘O Lantern began, it is believed by historians that it dates back to 17th century Europe. The term, which means “man with a lantern,” also is a nickname for the ignis fatuus (fool’s fire), a mysterious phenomenon of flickering blue lights seen occasionally over the wetlands that are associated with ghosts and fairies.