Happy Halloween! Punkie Night is a Westcountry custom practised on the last Thursday of October related to Halloween. Children marh from door to door with a jack o’lantern, singing a song and begging for candles or treats. “Punkie” is an old English name for a lantern, and jack o’lanterns for Punkie Night may be made of swedes or turnips rather than pumpkins. The Irish have ‘pooky’ night a Celtic name for sprites. These customs are the probable origins of ‘trick or treat-ing’, and supposedly brought to America by the Irish.