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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- Americans will spend $6.9 on Halloween this year
- $27.85 on costumes
- $22.37 on candy
- $20.99 on decorations
- and finally $3.82 on greeting cards
- More candy is sold on October 28th than any other day of the year
- Each year, about 75% of households plan to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters
- 81% of parents confess that they take candy from their child’s Halloween haul
- Chocolate is Americans’ favorite Halloween candy, with candy corn taking second place
- Candy corn was originally known as “chicken feed,” since back then corn was used for feeding livestock
- At Halloween, the color orange represents the harvest and the color black represents darkness
- The first Jack O’Lanterns were made from turnips, not pumpkins
- While pumpkins are typically orange, they can also be white or yellow
- The world’s largest pumpkin, grown by Tim Mathison, weighed in at 2,032 lb.
- 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.
- Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween
- Immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought Halloween to the United States in the 1800s
- The celebration of Halloween started in America as an autumn harvest festival
- “Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening,” which was the evening before all Hallows’ Day or Hallowmas on November 1
- 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
- In Hollywood, CA, there’s a $1,000 fine for use, possession, sale or distribution of silly string
- In Rehoboth, DE, Sundays are off limits for trick-or-treaters
- In Dublin, Georgia, it’s against the law to wear hoods or sunglasses
- In Virginia, kids over 12 are banned from participating in sweet-treat soliciting
- In Alabama, it’s illegal to dress-up as a priest.