Happy Halloween!

(October 31, 2011 )

The team at My East Van wishes everyone a safe and fun Halloween! 


The Irish Potato Famine (1845-50) prompted over 700,000 people to immigrate to the Americas. These immigrants brought with them their traditions of Halloween and Jack o'Lanterns - carving out turnips and lighting them.  But turnips were not as readily available as back home. They found the American pumpkin to be a more than an adequate replacement. Today, the carved pumpkin is perhaps the most famous icon of the holiday.