also jack-o-lantern, 1660s, a local name for a will-o-the-wisp (Latin ignis fatuus), mainly attested in East Anglia but also in southwestern England. The extension to carved pumpkins is attested by 1834, American English.
And she claimed that at that hour jack o'lantern still sat on the fence post.
Later a group of 'em set out to find the jack o'lantern and way down the creek they found it on a bush.
There's a sort of a light on the sea sometimes; some call it a "jack o'lantern" and some say it is sent by them to mislead them.
On a crisp fall evening a terrible, grinning fellow known as jack o'lantern appeared about the farmhouse.
If you hollowed and some one bring a torch to the door the jack o'lantern would turn you aloose.
And yet—when broad daylight came jack o'lantern had vanished completely.
The next is a story of the jack o'lantern as told by Mrs. Heard.