Scary or funny Halloween faces carved into large Middle European root vegetables such as mangelwurzel, sugar beets or turnips. After darkness falls, children carry the illuminated Rübengeister in a festive parade around their neighborhood and/or display them in their windows, depending on local custom. Wikipedia notes that Rübengeister are part of regional autumnal traditions of light, warmth, thanksgiving and, I would add, a nice evening walkabout with your neighbors.

(ROOO ben guy ster.)

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