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A jack-o'-lantern is a carved pumpkin, turnip or beet and they are used to keep evil spirits away hence in the poem "no evil is seen".

Halloween

19941540_coverby Jean Aked30 Oct 2014

Witches on broomsticks are flying tonight,
It’s All Hallows’ Eve and the devil is nigh;
Children in costumes with pumpkins alight,
Screeching owls, groaning corpses, bright moon but dark sky.

Grotesque, flickering faces and piercing screams,
On the night of the dead no evil is seen;
Lucky black cats will protect us in dreams,
One night of the year, it’s called Halloween.

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