Obviously the tradition of carving pumpkins comes from the United States.
Well actually, NO, there was a very strong tradition of carving root vegetables in the British Isles, going right back to the Middle Ages.
Probably and the vegetable that they would be carving was a root vegetable and it was a turnip in Ireland and in South of England they were called Punky's and in East Anglia they were called jack-o'-lanterns.
Jack-o'-lanterns are a yearly Halloween tradition that came to the United States from Irish immigrants.
The name is also tied to the Irish legend of Stingy Jack, a drunkard who bargains with Satan and is doomed to roam the Earth with only a hollowed turnip to light his way.
Now what happens is Irish migration takes these Halloween traditions to North America where the vegetable available around this time of year that's going to make good lanterns is the pumpkin.
One of the coolest things about the story of the pumpkin is it's actually helping to rejuvenate small family farms, so the popularity of pumpkin pie in the jack-o'-lantern has led to the revitalization of the very thing the pumpkin represents the small family farm.
The Brits love of pumpkins could grow even further in the future there's veneration of the small family farmer and how the idea of toiling in the soil builds strong work thick and builds morals and a sense of virtue these are all traditions that come old traditions that come from England.
I think maybe in this time of discord that we have across the world with brexit in England people return to a sense of nostalgia to these old fashioned ways to make a living in the land as much as they move into cities and they move into office jobs over the years people still like to think of themselves as farmers at heart and all that that represents.