1. The word Halloween is an old word which is a combination of "hallow" which means holy and "e'en" which means evening. Put together you have the words Holy Evening.
2. In Ireland, the first Jack O'Lanterns were not made out of pumpkins. They were made out of Rutabagas, Potatoes, or Turnips.
3. The origin of the Jack O' Lanterns originated from the legend of Stingy Jack, a man that was too mean to get into heaven but played to many tricks on the devil to go the other way. When he died he was left to walk the earth carrying a lantern made out of a turnip with a burning coal inside looking for a place to rest.
4. Halloween only became known in France in about 1996.
5. American Figures: More than 93% of children under age 12 will go out trick-or-treating in the United States. About 86% of all Americans will decorate their houses for Halloween. More than two billion dollars will be spent on candy for Halloween. Would you believe 10% dress their pets in Halloween costumes? Over 28 million Halloween cards are sent. Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins that are marketed domestically are turned into Jack-O-Lanterns.... and folks, please admit to this... 90% of American parents admitted to sneaking goodies from their children!
6.The largest pumpkin in the world weighed 1,446 pounds.
7. More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. Which would translate into 9 billion pieces, if they were laid end to end, they would be enough to circle the moon around about 4 times.
8. Pumpkins also come in White, Blue, and Green.
9. Orange and Black are Halloween colours as Orange is associated with Fall Harvest and black is associated with darkness and death. By the way, there are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange.
10.The ancient Celts believed that spirits and ghosts roamed the country side on Halloween night so they began to wear costumes to avoid being recoganized as humans.
11. Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from a Roman harvest festival that celebrates and honors the Goddess of the fruit trees, Pamona.
12. Black cats were believed to be a witches familiar who protected their powers.
13. Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic Calendar. Originally a Pagan holiday honoring the dead. This dates back to over 2,000 years ago.
14. Twenty-five percent of all the candy sold annually is sold during Halloween time.
15. In the movie "Halloween" the mask worn by Michael Meyers is actually a mask of William Shatner (Star Trek captain Kirk) painted white.
16. Harry Houdini, world famous magician and escape artist died on Halloween night in 1926.
17. The Celts did not actually have demons and devils in their belief system. They did however believe in angry faeries who would trick people because they were resentful that men were taking over their land.
18. Ducking for apples was a marriage divination to tell fortunes for the bride and groom.
19. Pumpkins were originally carved and left outdoors to frighten away evil spirits. Whether it was carved from a turnip or a rudabega, it was supposed to represent the souls of the dead or goblins freed from the dead.
20. Peasants would beg the rich for food, for those that refused, the peasants would play practical jokes, so in order to avoid being tricked upon, the rich would hand out cookies, candy and fruit, a practice that has turned into trick-or-treating today.
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