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Posted on Sep 26, 2014

13 Fun Halloween Facts

13 Fun Halloween Facts

Halloween is only 5 weekends away! Are you as excited as we are? Since 13 is such a spooky number, we thought it would be fun and fitting to share 13 facts about our favorite holiday. Read on for the list!

giant-pumpkinsThe largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 2,032 pounds. Grown for the 2013 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Napa Valley, it took grower Tim Mathison 105 days to grow it, and it edged out the previous record by a margin of just 23 pounds. (Source)

candy-corn-jarCandy Corn wasn’t originally a Halloween candy at all. First produced by the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia in the 1880s, it was originally called “chicken feed.” Is was later re-dubbed “Candy Corn” and sold during Halloween due to the candy’s fall color scheme. (Source)

full-moonYou won’t see a full moon on Halloween any time soon. It’s a horror movie stereotype, but the last time it happened was 13 years ago, and it won’t happen again until the year 2020. (Source)

oldclockHalloween is a millennia-old tradition. The holiday has its roots in the Celtic holiday of Samhain, a day dedicated to the spirits of the dead. People would costume themselves as demons to scare phantoms back to the underworld and hold great feasts to appease them.  (Source)

trick-or-treat-ghostsTrick or treating was “invented” in 1927. The first-ever mention of the term in the press was in the local newspaper of Blackie, Alberta, Canada. (Source)

hw-paintingThe idea of trick or treating is much older than that though. Packaged and store-bought Halloween costumes have only been around since the mid-20th Century, but “guising” and “souling” were similar practices popular in the Middle Ages. Similar to caroling on Christmas, people would don costumes and sing or dance in exchange for food and drink. (Source)

hwxmasHalloween is the second-most commercial holiday, behind only Christmas. In the United States, an estimated $6 billion is spent every year on Halloween items – and a third of that is just candy. (Source)

mmmaskThe original Michael Myers Halloween mask was a William Shatner mask. Due to budget constraints, the production crew looked for the cheapest mask they could find. The winner? A $2 Captain Kirk mask from your average costume shop. Paint it white, mess up the hair, and presto! Instant crazy killer. (Source)

jackolanternJack-o-lanterns are really named after a Jack. There’s an Irish legend about a man named Stingy Jack who was rejected from Heaven and Hell, forced to walk the earth for eternity. He would wave his lantern at people to get to them to follow him. (Source)

itll-turnip-eventuallyThey weren’t originally made of pumpkins, though. Pumpkins were a New World crop. Carved lanterns from fruit and gourds existed in Europe, but they were commonly made of turnips or even apples. (Source)

carvingThe Guinness World Record for fastest jack-o-lantern carving time is 24 seconds. Stephen Clarke beat the previous record of 54 seconds in 2008. To count, the pumpkin needs to be carved with two eyes, two ears, a nose and a mouth. (Source)

obplaidOrange and black weren’t chosen at random. The Halloween colors have more meaning than that – orange is a symbol of the harvest (as well as a symbol of endurance and strength), and black is a symbol of death and the afterlife. (Source)

bob-frapplesThe Romans invented bobbing for apples. They brought apple trees with them when they invaded Britain, where Samhain already existed. It was said that the first person able to bite into the apple in the water would be next one in the town to be married. (Source)

 


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“BarnesvillePumpkins” by Lee Paxton (Original uploader was Leepaxton at en.wikipedia) – Photo by Lee PaxtonTransferred from en.wikipedia(Original text : self-made). Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BarnesvillePumpkins.jpg#mediaviewer/File:BarnesvillePumpkins.jpg

“Candy corn in a jar” by Juushika Redgrave – Candy corn in a jar. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Candy_corn_in_a_jar.png#mediaviewer/File:Candy_corn_in_a_jar.png

“Vollmond-a28628549 (9043214775)” by Alex Micheu Photography from VILLACH, Austria – Vollmond-a28628549Uploaded by Sporti. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vollmond-a28628549_(9043214775).jpg#mediaviewer/File:Vollmond-a28628549_(9043214775).jpg

“Snap-Apple Night globalphilosophy” by Daniel Maclise – 1833 painting by Daniel Maclise. Via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Maclise.snap.apple.night.jpg. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Snap-Apple_Night_globalphilosophy.PNG#mediaviewer/File:Snap-Apple_Night_globalphilosophy.PNG

“Trick Or Treat-boo” By Paul Sapiano from San Diego, USA (Trick Or Treat.) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) or CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

“Jack-o’-Lantern 2003-10-31” by Toby Ord, Uploaded by Toby Ord 15 August 2005. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons Via http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jack-o%27-Lantern_2003-10-31.jpg

“TurnipJackolantern “ By Geni at en.wikipedia [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

“Making jack-o’-lantern (Wyscan) “ By Wyscan (http://flickr.com/photos/wyscan/2987997759) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

“Apple bobbing” By Caleb Zahnd from USA (Bobbing for apples) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

“Jack-o’-lantern 20091031” By ami harikoshi (originally posted to Flickr as [1]) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

“Piazza Portanova Natale 2008” by The original uploader was SOLOXSALERNO at Wikipedia – Own work by the original uploader. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Piazza_Portanova_Natale_2008.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Piazza_Portanova_Natale_2008.jpg

“Grandfather Clock Face Waters building EXPLORE 4-8-08 2828” By Steven Depolo [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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