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Halloween Fun Facts

  • Agatha Christie’s mystery novel Halloween Party is about a girl who is drowned in an apple-bobbing tub.

  • In the United States, the first citywide celebration of Halloween was in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921.

  • More than 93% of children under the age of 12 go trick-or-treating.

  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

  • Over $1.5 billion is spent on costumes each year and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween paraphernalia.

  • Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday; Christmas is the first.

  • Tootsie Rolls was the first individually wrapped penny candy in the US.

  • Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in the United States and it is the largest candy-purchasing holiday.

  • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers first.

  • Pumpkins are not only orange, but also white, blue, and green.

  • Black cats were once evil omens thought to be spirits of witches, or a witch’s familiar who protected their powers.

  • Apple bobbing is believed to have originated from a Roman harvest festival held in honor of Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees.

  • Vampires are mythical creatures who defy death by sucking the blood of humans.

  • Vampire bats do exist, but they are not from Transylvania. They live in South and Central America, and thrive on the blood of cattle, horses, and birds.

  • Worldwide, bats are vital natural enemies of night-flying insects.

  • The common little brown bat of North America has the longest life span for a mammal its size – an average of 32 years.

  • If you see a spider on Halloween, it is considered a good luck, as it means the spirit of a loved one is guarding you.

  • In 1978, the blockbuster movie "Halloween" was made in only 21 days on a very limited budget.

  • Hundreds of vampire clubs and societies exist and claim to have real vampires as their members.

  • In 1962, the Count Dracula Society was founded.

  • About 50% of adults dress up for Halloween.

  • Sixty-seven percent of adults take part in Halloween activities, such as parties, decorating the house, and trick-or-treating with their children.

  • 86% of Americans decorate their house for Halloween.

  • Over 10% of pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes.

  • The Ouija Board ended up outselling the game of Monopoly in its first full year at Salem. Over two million copies of the Ouija Board were shipped.

  • The first Halloween card was made in the early 1920’s.

  • Consumers spend about $50 million on Halloween greetings, sending over 28 million Halloween cards each year.

  • 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags.

  • More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be for Halloween. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces – enough to circle the moon nearly 4 times if laid end-to-end.

  • The tradition of making Jack O’ Lanterns to ward off evil spirits is thousands of years old. Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe, who celebrated the harvest around a bonfire, shared ghost stories, sang, danced, and told fortunes.

  • The ancient Celts, who thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night, began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

  • The fear of Halloween is known as Samhainopobia.
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