Oct 312009

Since Halloween is my favorite holiday, I scoured the internet and put a list of some Halloween fun facts together. Hope you like!

1. Halloween, referred to as All Hallows Eve, was originally a pagan holiday in which they honored the dead. It was celebrated on October 31 since this was the last day of the Celtic calendar. The celebration dates back some 2,000 years.

2. The next full moon on Halloween night will be October 31, 2020.

3. The Salem Witch trials of 1692 are known for burning “witches” at the stake. Actually, not one witch died by burning. The majority were put to death by hanging. One poor witch was “pressed” to death and several died in prison of natural causes.4. The first “Jack-O-Lanterns” were not pumpkins – they were hollowed-out turnips and originated in Ireland.

5. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

6. Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

7. Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

8. Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, beat out by Christmas.

9. 86% of Americans decorate their homes at Halloween.

10. The number one candy of choice for Halloween is Snickers.

11. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with “orange”.

12. Magician, Harry Houdini died on Halloween, 1926 in Detroit, MI.

13. Over 10% of pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes.

14. 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

  6 Responses to “Halloween Fun Facts”

  1. Great post…snickers …YUCK ! haha

  2. Wow, I didn't know some of this stuff! Super blog, will RT for ya! LOVE THEM SNICKERS! Sorry Jen… 😀

  3. I'm not a huge Snickers fan, either, but when there is nothing else available, I will happily eat one. LOL!

  4. HAHAHA!!! I openly admit I take A LOT of my daughter's Halloween candy LOL. I actually knew th Harry Houdini fact too, because we have a houdini museum in my home town.

  5. Oh I scoff all the good stuff while I am "checking" the candy.

  6. oh what fun facts!

    i love it!