Halloween is absolutely the most fun time of the fall season! Ghoulies and ghosties and long leggedy beasties come out to haunt us….and beg for candy! Halloween is an often misaligned and misunderstood holiday. The celebration of Halloween is said to go back to the Celts honoring of the dead. The word Halloween came about due to the Christian observance of All Saints Day, on November 1, the day after Halloween. All Saints Day is a holy or hallowed day. The night before would be a ‘hallowed evening’ or old slang being ‘hallo e’en’. It is akin to the Day of the Dead in Mexico. There is no reason for it to be misunderstood as scary or evil. The deceased are not evil, they are our history and are to be remembered and honored. Here is some Halloween Trivia for you to enjoy.
Carving out Jack-O-Lanterns comes from an Irish tale about a man named Jack who managed to trap the Devil in an apple tree. Jack was a drunk, so when he died, he was not allowed into Heaven, yet the Devil didn’t want him either. Jack was left on earth wandering the night, lighting his way with a hot lump of coal inside a turnip. (over the years of celebration, the turnip became a pumpkin)
European immigrants brought Halloween to America. They would sit around their bonfires telling scary stories; they would dance, sing and foretell the future.
The Celts thought that ghosts wandered the countryside on All Hallow’s Eve. They thought if they wore masks and costumes that the spirits wouldn’t recognize them as human.
Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
Sales of Halloween candy tops 2 billion dollars yearly in the United States.
At the top of the list of candies are chocolate candy bars. Snickers is number one.
Halloween is only behind Christmas as the most commercially successful holiday.
It was once thought that black cats were the protectors of witches.
Shoppers in the U.S. spend about 1.5 billion dollars yearly on Halloween costumes and about 2.5 billion on decorations. About $100,000 is spent shopping online.
Approximately 86% of Americans decorate for Halloween.
Approximately 99% of the pumpkins grown in the U.S. are used as Jack-o-Lanterns on Halloween.
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