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Many of you already know I am Irish. My “23 and Me Report” says I’m 92.6 percent Irish. Now, THAT is a LOT of Irish.

As an adult my favorite holiday became Halloween. My husband and I used to have huge Halloween parties. There’d be 70 to 100 people in attendance. We’d have a DJ and dance all night long. During the evening I served up a 13-course meal. (Get it? 13...bad luck number).

There’d be probably six or seven courses of appetizers to choose from that we served in the bar. The main course would be served at midnight and then there were dessert options waiting on the buffet.

We had a blast.

Everyone came in costume and as the years passed the guests got more and more creative. We even had a contest for the best costumes.


For decorating we went all out. The whole house was decorated, and no two years looked alike. I went nuts creating some of the most elaborate carved pumpkins you could imagine. It took me a couple of days, all evening long, to get them just right.

So, what does being of Irish descent have to do with Halloween?

I just read this piece today.

From the fine folks at the History Channel comes the history of the Jack O’Lantern. I had no idea the origin of carving vegetables with creepy faces is an Irish thing.


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