After Christmas, Halloween is the second highest grossing holiday.
One Irish legend suggests that Jack O’ Lanterns were named after a fellow by the name of Jack Who. He was banned from entering both heaven and hell and therefor was condemned to wander earth for eternity. He would use his lantern to lure people away from their paths.
The original Jack O’ Lanterns were carved out of turnips.
In the Middle Ages, owls were thought to be witches. If you were unfortunate enough to hear an owl “who” at you, it was a sign that death was coming your way.
The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.
The word “bonfire” comes from “bone fire” which was the result of Druid priests throwing cattle bones into large fires on Samhain.
Trick or treating came from the Celtic tradition of leaving treats out for the spirits who wandered the streets during Samhain. Samhain is a sacred festival that takes place at the end of the Celtic calendar year.
Ireland is said to be the birthplace of Halloween.
Scarecrows are a big part of Halloween culture and are a symbol of the agricultural roots of the holiday.
Harry Houdini died on Halloween night in 1926 as a result of a burst appendix caused by being punched in the stomach.
In Scotland, some women believed that if you hung a wet sheet in front of a fire on Halloween, they would see an image of their future husband.
According to one tradition, if you wear your clothes inside out and walk backwards on Halloween, you will see a Witch at midnight.
Snickers is the most sold candy on Halloween.
During Samhain, Celtic townspeople would dress up as ghosts and ghouls in order to wander the streets and escape notice from the real spirits that were out and about.
Halloween has been around in one form or another for about 6000 years.
Countries such as France and Australia consider Halloween to be unwanted and too “commercial”
On Halloween night, children are twice as likely to be hit by a car.
There are two self proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world: Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota.
The most Jack O’ Lanterns lit at once time was 30,128 in Boston.
The largest Halloween parade in America takes place in New York City and draws in over 2 million spectators and 50,000 participants.
The most recent full moon to occur on Halloween was in 2001. The next time this happens wont be until 2020.
The first wrapped penny candy in America? The tootsie roll.
There are actual clubs and societies around the world in which their members genuinely claim to be real vampires.
The word “witch” comes from the old English “wicce” which meant “wise woman”