What is Halloween?
Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of the Halloween festival. The Irish tradition dates back to the eighteenth century.
Halloween takes its roots from the old Celtic festival Samhain Eve, when it was believed that the link between the worlds of living and dead was at its strongest.
23 Facts about Halloween
Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
Halloween has also been called All Hallows Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhain and Summer's End.
During medieval times in Ireland and Scotland, the Samhain festival was held at sunset on October 31st and lasted through daylight on November 1st. It marked the ending of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the 'dark season'.
Halloween was brought to the US by Irish and Scottish immigrants during the late 18th century to the early 19th century.
The first Jack O’ Lanterns were made out of turnips.
Pumpkins are not just orange, but can also grow to be blue, white or green.
Pumpkins originated in Mexico.
It is believed that if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you.
According to legend, if you see a spider on Halloween, it's actually the spirit of a loved one watching you.
The word witch comes from the old English word 'wicce' meaning 'wise woman'. According to popular belief, witches held one of their eight meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.
Original trick-or-treaters received mostly fruits and nuts not candy.
Trick-or treating became popular in the US in the 1930’s.
Chocolate makes up about three-quarters of a trick-or-treater’s loot, according to the National Confectioners Association.
52% of trick-or-treaters prefer chocolate candy such as candy bars over hard candy such as lollipops. Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
Over 90% of parents steal some of their children’s Halloween candy.
Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
More than twice as much chocolate is sold for Halloween as for Valentine's Day
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend an average of $74.34 per (adult) person on candy, costumes, and decor.
About 99% of all pumpkins sold are used as Jack 'O Lanterns for Halloween.
86% of Americans decorate their homes in celebration of Halloween.
According to Hallmark, Halloween is the sixth most popular card-giving holiday with 20 million cards sent each year.
The famous magician Harry Houdini (1847-1926) died on Halloween night.
With 2 million annual visitors, 50,000 of which are in costume, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade is the largest Halloween celebration in the world.
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