25 Halloween Facts

Hi everyone this weeks post is about Halloween Facts, I thought I would blog about some interesting facts surrounding Halloween.

  1. The movie Halloween was filmed in just 21 days.
  2. Turnips were first used as Jack O-Lantern’s
  3. Witches and black cats have a permanent place in Halloween folklore that comes from their link to the ancient Celtic festival Samhain. It was said that during the celebrations druids would throw cats into the fire, in wicker cages as part of the divination proceedings.
  4. Halloweens’ as fast become the second-highest commercial holiday, Christmas being the first.
  5. Every year children will go out trick-or-treating, but the average bag of candy a child collects contains 11,000 calories.
  6. In today’s society, an owl is a popular Halloween image, but in Medieval Europe the owls were thought to be witches, and when you hear there call, it is meant to signify that someone was about to die.
  7. Samhainophobia is a fear of Halloween or a fear of the festival of the dead. Samhainophobia originates from ‘Samhuin’ meaning summer’s end. Samhain Festival marked the transition between summer and winter.
  8. Ireland is the birthplace of Halloween, according to history.com as It is where the Samhain Festival was celebrated 2,000 years ago
  9. The largest ever grown pumpkin was by Norman Craven, he broke the world record with a whopping 836lb pumpkin in 1993.
  10. “Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows Evening” which means the evening before All Hallows.’
  11. Orange and black are the colors that associate us with Halloween. Orange represents a symbol of strength and endurance, and put that along with brown and gold stands for harvest and autumn. While black represents a symbol of death and darkness and is set as a reminder that Halloween marks the boundaries between life and death.
  12. The stabbing sound in the Halloween movies was a by a knife being plunged into a watermelon.
  13. In North America trick-or-treating was first mentioned in print in Blackie, Alberta, Canada 1927.
  14. The Jack O-Lanterns, which according to the Irish legend are named after a stingy man named Jack who tricked the devil several times over and was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell, because of this he was condemned to wander the earth carrying his lantern that would entice people to leave their chosen path.
  15. Halloweens largest parade in the United States is at the village Halloween parade in New York City. It includes 50,000 participants and draws a crowd of 2 million spectators.
  16. Teng Chieh or the Lantern Festival is a Halloween celebration in China. Their lanterns are shaped like dragons, and other types of animals which are hung in houses and in the streets to honor their loved ones that have now passed on, and help guide the spirits back to their earthly homes, they will leave food and water beside the portraits of their ancestors.
  17. It is illegal in Dublin, Georgia for anyone over the age of 16 to wear a mask, sunglasses or any type of facial covering on Halloween, and In Alabama, it is illegal to dress up as a priest or as a nun on Halloween.
  18. Money was so tight when they filmed the (1978) movie Halloween that they had to find the cheapest mask they could use for the character Michael Myers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask.
  19. In Old English the word “witch” comes from wicce, meaning “wise woman.” According to popular belief Wiccan woman at one time, were highly respected people, and witches would hold one of their two main meetings, or Sabbats on Halloween night.
  20. It is said that when a child is born on Halloween that they will possess the ability to talk to the spirits.
  21. In Hong Kong Halloween celebrations are known as Yue Lan or the ‘Festival of the Hungry Ghosts” while the fire is lit they offer food and gifts to placate any potentially angry ghosts that are looking for revenge.
  22. Halloween in many countries across the world is considered to be an unwanted holiday and it is said to be too commercialized.
  23. Halloween is known by various names such as All Hallows’ Eve, All Hallowtide, Witches Night, Snap-Apple Night, The Feast of the Dead, The Day of the Dead, Samhain and summer’s End.
  24. The Scottish girls believe that they could see images of their future husbands on wet sheets while they hung in front of the fireplace on Halloween. While other girls believe they would see their boyfriend’s faces while looking into a mirror while walking downstairs on Halloween at midnight.
  25. The whole dressing up as ghouls and other spooks came from the ancient Celtic tradition, where the townspeople would disguise themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts thought disguising themselves would allow them to escape being unnoticed by the real spirits as they wander the streets during Samhain.

Be safe and have a Spooktacular Halloween. See you next week!

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