If you’re like most people, you likely know a thing or two about Halloween – namely that it’s an awesome time of year to have fun with your friends (and eat a whole lot of candy). Here are a few things you may not know about this orange-and-black holiday:
- Trick-or-treating is a time-honored tradition. In fact, its roots go back to the Middle Ages, when poor people in Britain begged for cakes and treats in exchange for praying for dead relatives on All Saints Day.
- When trick-or-treating first began in the United States (circa the 1800s), it was more about tricks! Kids would play mischievous pranks instead of asking for candy. That changed in the 1950s.
- Trick-or-treaters usually bring home about 75 percent chocolate over hard or chewy candies.
- Candy-collecting is no longer all-American. Trick-or-treating has spread to Canada, Australia and Western Europe. In England, kids often carry lanterns that look like pumpkins on the last Thursday of October.
- Candy corn has been made from the same recipe for more than 100 years. Who owns the recipe? The Jelly Belly Candy Company.
- The first jack-o-lanterns were actually made from turnips. There’s not much spooky about a turnip, now is there?
- In the movie Halloween, the “scary” mask was chosen because of the film’s tight budget; they got the cheapest they could find, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek
- Halloween is second only to Christmas for grossing the most retail profit.
- Some people suffer from an actual fear of Halloween. This is called samhainophobia.
- The gourd that holds the Guinness Record for largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 836 pounds.
- The roots of Halloween are usually traced to Ireland.
- Tradition promises that if a person wears his clothes inside out and walks backwards on Halloween, he’ll see a ghost at midnight.
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