I am also obsessed with pumpkins. I am sure this is not an unhealthy obsession since pumpkins are all natural and good for you, I think. I recall a favorite Halloween decoration of my youth, a jointed cardboard cutout scarecrow with a jack o' lantern head, which brings me to the topic today: Pumpkin People.
What are Pumpkin People?
Pumpkin People are anthropomorphic figures with jack o' lanterns for heads. That describes them in form, but what of function?
Pumpkin People have been a part of Halloween lore since the late 19th century. Their bodies might be dressed in the fashions of the day or stick figures or even scarecrows. Their heads may be simple pumpkins carved into jack o' lanterns or may be a living pumpkin head with a human face. There are many variations but they are all Pumpkin People and are all the native inhabitants embodying the very concept of Halloween.
|The Celtic Pumpkin from which this humble blog takes its name. Prime example of a Pumpkin Person.|
|My hero...and should be yours too...Sam!|
Lord Pumpkin is yet another Pumpkin Person...and a total bastard.
From Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz to Merv Pumpkinhead of Sandman, Pumpkin People have a defining characteristic of a pumpkin for a head and personalities that run the gamut of human nature.
|Shamelessly stolen from Wikipedia here is a museum jacko made from a turnip...damn that is creepy.|
So to be fair I should include turnip heads too.
ANATOMY OF A PUMPKIN PERSON
I have enlisted the aid of my ancestor to provide a useful chart of Pumpkin Person Anatomy:
|A pumpkin head and a body...that's really all you need.|
Since the jack o' lantern serves a dual purpose of protecting the home from evil spirits and lighting the way for friendly spirits, surely there can be no greater symbol of Halloween than the Pumpkin People in all their cucurbit glory.
Keep your pumpkin (head) lit.