Once upon a time in an old village in Ireland, there lived a man named Jack. Jack was mean and had no friends. He was so mean that even the Devil didn't like him. Jack kept every penny he had. He never shared.
Jack died on Halloween night. When he knocked on the door of heaven, he was turned away because he was so mean and selfish.
Jack turned back and went through darkness to the Devil's door. Jack was very angry and cried, "Where can I go? How can I see in this darkness?"
The Devil tossed a burning coal into a hollow pumpkin and told Jack to wander forever with only the pumpkin to light his path. From that day he has been called "Jack o' Lantern."