HA! It’s a FRUIT!! According to history.com’s “All About Halloween” website, ” Pumpkins are fruits. A pumpkin is a type of squash and is a member of the gourd family (Cucurbitacae), which also includes squash, cucumbers, gherkins, and melons.” Next question…what’s a gherkin??
If you’re looking to kill a little bit of time before Saturday, be sure to check out all of the cool facts and quizzy items on history.com’s Halloween website. You can learn about the history of the Jack O’Lantern, get spooked by some true (?) stories of hauntings, learn about superstitions, see how Halloween is celebrated throughout the world, discover more fun pumpkin trivia, print out stencils to make your carved pumpkin the coolest in the neighborhood…..and more! So, if you run out of candy when you’re passing it out this weekend, you can always impress the neighborhood kids with your knowledge on the topic!
In England, people used to carve WHAT instead of pumpkins? Apples? Beets? Potatoes? You’ll have to go to history.com to find out!