Think you know all there is to know about your favorite holiday? (Which surely is Halloween, of course…) Here’s a list of surprisingly bewitching Halloween facts and trivia tidbits that you might find fun to read while taking your “coffin break.” (ya…ha…ha…) These facts are sure to leave you feeling positively ghoully.
- Jack-o-Lanterns originated in Ireland thousands of years ago. These odd precursors to the Jack’s we know and love today were actually made from hollowed out turnips, not pumpkins and were lit with candles in order to frighten off spirits and ghosts during the Samhain holiday.
- Halloween came to North America along with European immigrants who held onto many of their old traditions when they came to America. Halloween traditions such as bonfires, telling ghost stories and singing and dancing were all part of the celebration.
- Those ancient Celtic people were a very superstitious bunch. They believed that the spirits of the dead roamed the earth on Halloween night. The Celts would wear masks and scary costumes to avoid being recognized as alive by the ghosts.
- In Medieval Europe, the owl was thought to actually be a witch in disguise. If you were to hear an owl calling it was considered a very bad omen that someone was about to die.
- Halloween (October 31st) was the last day of the Celtic calendar.
- Black Cats were thought to be witch’s familiars who hung out with the local witches in order to protect their powers.
- Bobbing for apples may have originated from a Roman harvest festival honoring the goddess Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
- Each year over 2 billion dollars is spent on Halloween candy.
- Vampire bats actually DO exist, but it’s not in Transylvania. Vampire bats are indigenous to Central and South America where they enjoy feeding on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.
- Seeing a creepy spider on Halloween may not be such a bad thing. Ancient folklore states that seeing a spider on Halloween is a manifestation that the spirit of a loved one is watching over you.
- 25% of all annual candy sales can be attributed to Halloween.
- Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in the entire world, originating over 2000 years ago in the time of the ancient Celts.
- 93% of all children will go trick or treating.
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, coming in only behind Christmas.
- Halloween pranks became so notorious in the 1930’s that an actual public outcry followed by an organized movement was held in order to calm down the out of control mayhem that was ensuing each year. Many more positive activities were encouraged–like going door to door for candy, of course.
- For all you party animals out there, Halloween is considered the 3rd biggest party day of the year, coming in only behind New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Sunday.
Now that you have all the spooky Halloween facts, it’s time to go out and enjoy what has to be of the most hauntingly beloved holidays of the entire year. From all of us here at Halloween Experts, be safe and have fun this Halloween as you eat, drink and BE SCARY! Have a terror-ific Halloween!