Halloween Facts

The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America
occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada.

The first jack-o'-lanterns were actually made from turnips. People in Ireland placed candles in 
hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

Thousands of people suffer from Samhainophobia which is an irrational fear of Halloween. 

Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

The number one candy of choice is Snickers.

Most shelters don't allow black cats to be adopted around Halloween for fear that they may be tortured or sacrificed.

It's illegal to dress up as a priest in Alabama.

The Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire holds the record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns at 30,581.

There's a $1,000 fine for using silly string on Halloween in Hollywood.

October 30th is National Candy Corn Day.

Both Salem, MA and Anoka, MN are the self-proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world.

In the UK white cats are thought to bring bad luck, not like black cats in the US.

Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926 of appendicitis.

More candy is sold on October 28th than any other day of the year.

The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches
and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die.

The Village parade in NYC is the largest Halloween parade in the US with 50,000 participants and over two million spectators.
This is on my bucket list!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!


Mree said...

Oh what great facts!! I had no idea that Halloween is second grossing holiday after Christmas!! Love learning new things, great post!! Happy Halloween!!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I was in Salem near October one year. It was pretty cool.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

This was fun! I didn't know a lot of it.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I didn't know a lot of these! Very fun!

The West Hollywood Halloween Carnivale is huge. They're streaming it on YouTube tonight. You should totally check it out. 500,000 people.

psychelyn said...

The village parade is great. Bits of info about halloween is interesting especially that first picture if halloween costume. I just don't know about the silly string in Hollywood.

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I just love Halloween and its facts. :)

Happy Halloween!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

Since I know nothing about Halloween I found this very interesting