25 Shocking Halloween Facts

August 1st, 2014

Halloween is right around the corner, and we gathered 25 shocking holiday facts that everyone should know! Halloween began in the early 1800s when immigrants – from Ireland and Scotland - first brought the holiday to the United States as an autumn harvest festival. If that isn’t shocking enough, read on to learn outrageous Halloween laws, spending figures and more!

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Spending

  1. Americans will spend $6.9 on Halloween this year
  2. $27.85 on costumes
  3. $22.37 on candy
  4. $20.99 on decorations
  5. and finally $3.82 on greeting cards

Candy

  1. More candy is sold on October 28th than any other day of the year
  2. Each year, about 75% of households plan to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters
  3. 81% of parents confess that they take candy from their child’s Halloween haul
  4. Chocolate is Americans’ favorite Halloween candy, with candy corn taking second place
  5. Candy corn was originally known as “chicken feed,” since back then corn was used for feeding livestock

Symbols

  1. At Halloween, the color orange represents the harvest and the color black represents darkness
  2. The first Jack O’Lanterns were made from turnips, not pumpkins
  3. While pumpkins are typically orange, they can also be white or yellow
  4. The world’s largest pumpkin, grown by Tim Mathison, weighed in at 2,032 lb.
  5. The word “witch” comes from the Old Saxon word “wica”, meaning “wise one.” The earliest witches were respected dealers in charms and medicinal herbs and tellers of fortunes.

History

  1. Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween
  2. Immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought Halloween to the United States in the 1800s
  3. The celebration of Halloween started in America as an autumn harvest festival
  4. “Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening,” which was the evening before all Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas on November 1
  5. Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year

Laws

  1. In Hollywood, CA, there’s a $1,000 fine for use, possession, sale or distribution of silly string
  2. In Rehoboth, DE, Sundays are off limits for trick-or-treaters
  3. In Dublin, Georgia, it’s against the law to wear hoods or sunglasses
  4. In Virginia, kids over 12 are banned from participating in sweet-treat soliciting
  5. In Alabama, it’s illegal to dress-up as a priest.