31 Spooky Halloween Facts

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Did you know that the largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Mathias Willemijns , who holds the world record for the largest pumpkin ever grown with it weighing in at 2,624.6 pounds on 9 October 2016 —  that’s huge! Bake up a tasty Halloween treat and keep scrolling for more spooky Halloween facts.

31 Spooky Halloween Facts

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The word “witch” actually comes from an old English word that means “wise woman”; members of the wiccan were once highly respected. It was popularly believed that witches held one of their two annual meetings, called sabbats, on Halloween.

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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.

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

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Trick or treating comes from the Middle-Age practice of the poor dressing up in costumes and going around door to door during Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for prayers. The food given was often a Soul Cake, which was a small round cake which represented a soul being freed from Purgatory when the cake was eaten.

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According to legend, if you put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards at Halloween, you’ll see a witch at midnight.

31 Spooky Halloween Facts

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Invented by George Renninger, a candy maker at the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia in the 1880s, Candy Corn was originally called “butter cream candies” and “chicken feed” since back then, corn was commonly used as food for livestock (they even had a rooster on the candy boxes).

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According to legend, if you put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards at Halloween, you’ll see a witch at midnight.

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Legend has it that if you see a spider on Halloween night, it means a loved one is watching over you.

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Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. Other girls believed they would see their boyfriend’s faces if they looked into mirrors while walking downstairs at midnight on Halloween.

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Black cats are another symbol of the spooky side of Halloween: if a black cat crosses your path, you’ll be cursed with bad luck. In the Medieval ages, black cats were seen as the familiars of witches, and this belief perpetuated the black cat’s association with bad luck.

31 Spooky Halloween Facts

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Halloween also is recognized as the 3rd biggest party day after New Year’s and Super Bowl Sunday.

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Halloween is correctly spelt as Hallowe’en.

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In Scotland and Ireland, young people would go guising, a tradition in which they dressed in costume and visited houses. If they performed a “trick” such as a dance or song, they would be given fruit, nuts, or coins as treats.

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50% of children prefer to receive chocolate on Halloween over other types of treats. 24% of children like candy, and 10% would choose gum.

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In 1970, a five-year-old boy Kevin Toston allegedly ate Halloween candy laced with heroin. Investigators later discovered the heroin belonged to the boy’s uncle and was not intended for a Halloween candy.

31 Spooky Halloween Facts

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Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years.

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In many countries, such as France and Australia, Halloween is seen as an unwanted and overly commercial American influence.

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Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

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Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, are the self-proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world.

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The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States. The parade includes 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators.

31 Spooky Halloween Facts

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Since the 2004 Silly String “riots,” Hollywood has outlawed the use of silly string on Halloween. There is even a $1000 fine for either using or selling the party supply on Halloween.

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Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday behind Christmas. People in the US spent 8.4 billion in 2016 on candy, costumes, and decorations.

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According to a legend from the late 1800s, if a young woman stared into a mirror in a dark room on Halloween, she would see the face of her future spouse.

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Studies have shown that Halloween makes children a little more evil than usual. Children’s identities are hidden, and they are also emboldened by groups. Because of this, Halloween makes children far more likely to steal candy and money.

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In Hong Kong, Halloween is celebrated during the Festival of the Friendly Ghosts. Food is left out and fires are lit in an effort to make angry ghosts a little happier with the living.

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Children are more than twice as likely to be killed while walking the streets and sidewalks on Halloween than on any other night.

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It is illegal in Vendargues, France for anyone over the age of 12 to wear a clown costume or makeup on Halloween; in 2014, the city had a problem with adults dressed as clowns terrorizing the town.

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The most recent Halloween full moons were in 1955, 1974, and 2001. A full moon is also expected on October 31, 2020.

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In the 1940s, trick or treating was halted because war-time rationing had curtailed the use of sugar.

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Bats have an additional connection to Halloween: the bonfires that the ancient Celts built to celebrate Samhain would often attract the flying mammals.

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Samhainophobia is the medical term for a pathalogical fear of Halloween.

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