So where did Halloween come from, what does Halloween mean and why do we celebrate it? Traditionally known as all hallows’ evening, Halloween falls on 31 October. It is always the eve of the Christian festival All Saints’ Day on November first. Dating back to European traditions, Halloween originated from the ancient Gaelic festival, Samhain. It was a day to celebrate the end of the harvest season – it means "summer's end". Here's just a few fun facts about Halloween to share with friends and family.
The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman." In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.
Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years.
Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
Mexico celebrates the Days of the Dead (Días de los Muertos) on the Christian holidays All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) instead of Halloween. The townspeople dress up like ghouls and parade down the street.
Boston, Massachusetts, holds the record for the most Jack O’Lanterns lit at once (30,128).
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.
Stephen Clarke holds the record for the world's fastest pumpkin carving time: 24.03 seconds, smashing his previous record of 54.72 seconds. The rules of the competition state that the pumpkin must weigh less than 24 pounds and be carved in a traditional way, which requires at least eyes, nose, ears, and a mouth.
Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
According to Hallmark, Halloween is the sixth most popular card giving holiday with 20 million cards sent each year.
Trick or treating became popular in the United States in the 1930's.
Candy Corn was originally called "Chicken Feed".
Q: What do you call wood when it's scared? A:Petrified!
Q: What part of the street do vampires live on? A:The dead end.
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