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All About the Jack-O'-Lantern

Think Jack-O'-Lantern is a friendly guy with a sweet tooth? No way! Get the spooky story on the man behind the pumpkin face!

Halloween's Very Own Scrooge

Jack was a cheap and greedy man, which is how he got the nickname Stingy Jack. He was also really mean and loved to play evil tricks on people - he even used a silver cross to capture the Devil and make him promise to never take his soul, even after he died. Well soon after, Jack died! He wasn't allowed into heaven cuz he hadn't exactly been Mr. Nice Guy, and the Devil, who was keeping his promise, wouldn't let him into hell. He sent Jack off with a burning coal from the fires of Hell to light his way, which he put into a turnip so it wouldn't burn his hands. Ever since, he's been known as Jack of the Lantern, or Jack-O'-Lantern.

The Good Stuff About Being Jack

Jack-O'-Lantern represents all things Halloween - carving pumpkins, dressing up in scary costumes, bobbing for apples and trick-or-treating for candy and chocolate. What a cool guy!

The Bad Stuff About Being Jack

Jack-O'-Lantern doesn't have a warm bed to sleep in or a comfy couch to watch TV on cuz he's homeless. He's been roaming the earth since the 1700s cuz he can't enter either heaven or hell! So if you ever see Jack wandering around, why don't you give him some spare change to buy himself a hot drink?

How Much $$$ Does Jack Make?

We don't know how much Jack-O'-Lantern gets paid on Halloween night, but we're pretty sure he doesn't need any extra cash. Since he's too cheap to spend any of his money, he must be a multi-millionaire by now!

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Stingy Jack - Real or Totally Made Up?

  • He's a real man who lived a long, long time ago.
  • He's totally made up.
  • He was real, but his story has changed over the years.
  • I'm not sure.

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ThePaleWalker636
{I don't know much about Outertale, so pardon me if I get this wrong, but it takes place in space, right? You'll have to help me a bit. .} (("Um... Ok!" Papyrus accepts the sketchbook, opening it to a fresh page. "What do I do first?"))
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PunMaster
PunMaster posted in Say Anything:
"I'm fine, but thank you for the offer though!" Blue said happily, looking up for a moment, before continuing his work. (the story seems to be going nowhere in Underswap... a suggestion of visiting Outertale has been given)  (PunMaster smiled. "It's not too hard. You just have to practice. Want me to show you?" She offered) 
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ThePaleWalker636
{Oh. Well. I had hoped we could've done something with that... but, nvm then.} (Just saying, when a Sans uses a "short-cut", I like to pretend they creates a wormhole that goes into the void. Iron teleports, which is him warping space and time to make himself be in another place. He uses this power to also travel to other universes.)  When I saw nothing in that infinite nothing, I returned to my-... No, their house. I could smell spices and meat cooking, the scent wafting from an open window. ​I teleported into the kitchen to see Blue, as he had said, cooking tacos. ​"Need any help?" I had been cooking for myself most of the time, since I was almost never at home with Paps, so I had acquired some skill in the matter. ((Papyrus begins to see his face etched into the paper. "Wow! You're amazing! I-.. I couldn't do anything like that..."))  
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PunMaster
PunMaster posted in Say Anything:
Papyrus was indeed not in the void. He'd been in the middle of teleporting to his room.  (She didn't respond for a little bit, erasing a few ghost like lines that worked as the original faint outline. "Us." She responded) 
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ThePaleWalker636
In the blink of an eye-socket, I had scanned the entire underground, blinking in and out of reality to check every possible location. ​He wasn't there. ​I checked the only other place left, teleporting into the infinite black that is the void. "Hello? Papyrus? Please tell me you're not in here. Did I miss you somewhere?" ​(("What are you drawing?" Papyrus couldn't tell from the early sketch.))
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