03 PM | 26 Sep

10 Fun Facts about Halloween

  1. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
  2. The word “witch comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.
  3.  Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  4. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas!
  5. Trick-ortreating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
  6. The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin .
  7. “Halloween” is short for “Hallows Eve” or “Hallows Evening,which was the evening before All Hallows’ (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1.
  8. Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
  9. Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.
  10. Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.