On the eve of Halloween, it is common to see some emojis in WhatsApp conversations that are related to the holiday, such as the orange pumpkin, ghosts, spiders, bats, among others, but do you know the story?
This celebration has evolved from an Irish tradition known as Halloween: the legend of Jack o ‘lantern, to a world-class fad. Placing a candle or lantern inside a pumpkin is a custom in this age, and that is why it has an emoji of its own.
The jack-o-lantern emoji debuted on keyboards with Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and almost immediately became a fundamental icon in the language written on digital platforms to refer to Halloween and fall.
It is a simple orange pumpkin carved into the shape of a face, just like the recognized Jack o ‘lantern. According to the different platforms, their appearance can vary in the style of the drawn face, but they all coincide in a lantern mouth, mischievous and cheerful, much more than dark.
Like Christmas songs inside stores in the United States, the Jack-o-lantern emoji often appears on social media each year as an object of “Christmas chill” and has even served as inspiration on different occasions.
WhatsApp: What does the pumpkin emoji mean?
The icon can be used in WhatsApp to refer to these Halloween-related traditions, or anything that manifests something spooky. In addition, pumpkin can be referred to as food or also to speak to someone with affection, due to the relationship of the word pumpkin in English.
Jack-o’-lantern was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010, then added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015.