20 Fast Facts about Halloween

HalloweenBG_MoonTexture_Trees_FinalHalloween is traditionally celebrated on October 31st each year. But because of it falling on different days throughout the week, often the night trick-or-treat is celebrated changes year to year. Modern day trick-or-treating was created in the ’50s, and hasn’t changed much since then.

Here is a fun Halloween post full of quick facts to share with your friends and family.

The word Halloween is the mixture of two phrases: All Hallows’ Eve or All Hallows’ Evening.

The very first jack-o-lanterns were made from beets and turnips in Ireland.

The word witch descends from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.”

Don’t dress as a priest for Halloween in Alabama, it’s illegal.

The largest Halloween parade in the U.S. takes place in New York. The parade usually has around 50,000 participants and over 2 million spectators.

The fear of Halloween is known as Samhainophobia.

The largest pumpkin ever measured was in 1993 and weighed 836 lbs.

There is a legend that says if you see a spider on Halloween, it’s not just a spider. It’s a loved one who has come back to watch over you.

October 30th is National Candy Corn Day (good timing).

The next full moon to occur on Halloween is projected in 2020; a good year to dress as a werewolf.

The Celts in Ireland were believed to be the first to celebrate Halloween.

One of the most well-known magicians ever, Harry Houdini, died on Halloween from a punch to the gut that he received when he wasn’t paying attention.

Unlike the U.S., white cats, instead of black cats, are viewed as bad luck on Halloween.

The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada.

Scottish girls once believe that they would be able to see their future spouses if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween.

Want to celebrate Halloween in the “Halloween capital of the world?” Head to either Salem, Massachusetts, or Anoka, Minnesota. Both towns claim the rights.

Candy corn has been by the Jelly Belly Company since 1900, and uses the same recipe today is it did then.

Barmbrack (a bread with baked in goodies) used to be the traditional food eaten on Halloween, and was used in a fortune-telling game.

A lot of shelters in the U.S. don’t allow black cats to be adopted in Halloween, for fear that they will be hurt or tortured due to their status as bad luck on that day.

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