It’s hard to believe retail stores here in the U.S. already have Christmas decorations out. Well, it is, but it isn’t. Every year retailers push the season, seeming to forget that after, oh, Labor Day, there is Halloween and Thanksgiving to celebrate first. Trust me when I say that I am a huge fan of Christmas, but I don’t like skipping over other special days. So this week, my peeps, I am giving you a Halloween spectacular!
I visited the fine folks over at thechive.com and randomhistory.com to come up with some facts you may or may not have known. (Keep my Irish roots in mind here!)
Ø More candy is sold on October 28th than any other day of the year.
Ø Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
Ø Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
Ø The first jack-o-lanterns were made from turnips.
Ø Americans buy over 20 million pounds of Candy Corn. (Yuck!) J
Ø The #1 candy choice is Snickers, followed by Reese’s, Kit Kat’s, and M&M’s.
Ø Halloween has also been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Samhain, and Snap-Apple Night.
Ø Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
Ø Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.
Ø Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. Other girls believed they would see their boyfriend’s faces if they looked into mirrors while walking downstairs at midnight on Halloween.
Ø Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by three stomach punches.
There you have it! Some fun Halloween facts. Did you learn anything?
Do you celebrate Halloween? Are you samhainophobic? Do you dress up for Halloween? Do you like Candy Corn?
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