65 Intriguing, Fun and Surprising Halloween Facts



It is that time of the year when the leaves start changing and the air turns crisp. Yes, it’s also the time when pumpkins are carved and candies are distributed. It’s Halloween 2019! Everybody likes to dress up in spooky Halloween costumes, devour their souls in tantalizing delicacies, and decorate their houses with Halloween inspired elements.

However, have you ever thought how and when it all started? Well, we have decided to share some interesting Halloween Facts with you that might have skipped your notice all these years.

Once you delve into some intriguing, fun and surprising Halloween Facts, you can move on to make your Halloween more happening with our fascinating ideas about Halloween decorations, kids costume, couple costume, and some amazing Halloween inspired recipes.

Here are the 65 amazing Halloween Facts:

  1. The correct spelling of Halloween is Hallowe’en.

  2. Halloween is also known as ‘All Hallows Eve”, ‘All Hallowtide’, ‘Samhain’, The Day of the Dead’, The Feast of the Dead’.

  3. Trick or Treating has been practiced seen the Middle- Age when poor people dressed up in costumes and walked around door-to-door to ask for money or food in exchange for prayers.

  4. According to the Celtic tradition, treat or treating involved people putting out food and treats to placate spirits that wandered on the streets of Samhain.

    Treat or treating Halloween facts

  5. Trick or treat first mentioned in prints in North America in the year 1927 in Blackie, Canada.

  6. Halloween has been recognized as the 3rd biggest party day following New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Sunday.

  7. After Christmas, Halloween is the 2nd highest grossing commercial holiday.

  8. The word “witch” is derived from an Old English word ‘wicce’, which means ‘wise woman’.

  9. In the USA, One-quarter of the candy sold annually is purchased over the Halloween.

  10. According to Celtic tradition, Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

  11. Halloween came into America with the immigrants from Europe. The people used to share ghost stories sitting around a bonfire. People would sing, and dance and fortunes were told.

  12. Initially, Turnips were used in place of pumpkins to make Jack O’ Lantern.

    Initially, Turnips were used in place of pumpkins to make Jack O’ Lantern.

  13. Pumpkin took place of Turnips, as the later was not found in America.

  14. The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.

  15. According to a survey, on any Halloween, more than 50% of kids prefer to receive chocolate candies in comparison to any form of candies or gums.

  16. Owls were thought to be witches in Medieval Europe. Hearing owl’s screech meant death. This made owls the most popular images/symbols of Halloween.

  17. According to traditions, kids had to dance for their treat.

  18. Norm Craven was responsible for growing world’s largest pumpkin in the year 1993.

    Norm Craven was responsible for growing world’s largest pumpkin in the year 1993.

  19. The world’s fastest pumpkin carving time is 24.03 seconds that was created by Stephen Clarke.

  20. Two colors that are typically associated with Halloween are Orange and Black. Orange symbolizes strength and harvest whereas black stands for darkness and death.

  21. Halloween was celebrated as a festival that marked the realms between death and life.

  22. Scarecrows serve as one of the most popular fixtures for Halloween. It symbolizes the ancient agricultural roots of Halloween.

  23. Roman festival Pomona is thought to be one of the influences behind Halloween. Pomona was a festival celebrating the Harvest God with the same name.

  24. The traditional rituals associated with the Halloween (or Hallowmas) became associated with Guy Fawkes Night by the Protestant England.

  25. Harry Houdini died on the Halloween Night in the year 1926. He is considered to be the most famous and mysterious magicians of all times. He died from Appendicitis after receiving three hard punches in his stomach.

  26. Scottish girls used to hang sheets in front of the fire on Halloween, as they believed that doing so they would be able to see the images of their future husband.

  27. Some other Scottish girls would look into the mirror while walking down the stairs at Halloween midnight to see their boyfriend’s faces. (source)

    Some other Scottish girls would look into the mirror while walking down the stairs at Halloween midnight to see their boyfriend’s faces.

  28. According to traditions, a person will be able to see a witch if they walk backward while wearing clothes inside out on Halloween.

  29. Instead of celebrating a Halloween, Mexico celebrates the Days of the Dead on the Christian holidays- All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day on November 1st and 2nd respectively.

  30. The word “bonfire” came from a tradition followed by Druid priests where they would throw cattle bones into the flames. It was a practice followed by the people of Samhain during the pre-Halloween era.

  31. The Celtic people used to disguise as ghouls and ghosts as they believed that this would allow escaping the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets of Samhain.

  32. Halloween is believed to have been there for more than 6000 years (around 4000 BC).

  33. The Lantern festival or Teng Chieh is another version of Halloween festival celebrated in China. They use lanterns in the shape of Dragons and other animals. The festival is celebrated to honor the deceased loved ones and family members by leaving water and food by their ancestor’s portraits.

    The Lantern festival or Teng Chieh is another version of Halloween festival celebrated in China.

  34. Hong Kong celebrates Halloween as Yue Lan or the “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts”. They lit fires and offer food to placate an angry ghost who might seek revenge.

  35. In countries like Australia and France, Halloween is thought to be an unwanted and overly commercial influence of America.

  36. Halloween nights mark more than twice the deaths of children due to car/ pedestrian car accidents than any other night. This is one of the saddest Halloween Facts.

  37. Anoka and Salem are the self- proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world.

  38. The record for most Jack O’ Lanterns lit at once (30,128) is held by Boston.

  39. Once, John Evans, a comedian said: “What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o’-lantern by its diameter? A Pumpkin π.”

  40. The largest Halloween parade in the United States, which includes more than 50000 participants, is the Village Halloween parade in New York. This parade draws over 2 million spectators.

  41. The tradition of pranks on Halloween took an ugly turn in the 1930’s. It gave fuel to a movement that claimed the substitution of the practical jokes on the kids going door to door for Halloween treats.

  42. No word in the dictionary rhyme with orange, a color that is highly associated with Halloween.

  43. Halloween was originally referred to as the “Cabbage Night” in a few American towns.

  44. In the year 1974, a child named Timothy O’ Bryan died on Halloween due to poisonous candy. Later it was revealed that his father killed his son to claim money against the life- insurance policy the father had taken out in the name of Timothy. This incident is among the most surprising and grime Halloween Facts.

  45. Bobbing for Apple was divine ritual followed by the Celts to make predictions on luck and love. (source)

    Bobbing for Apple was divine ritual followed by the Celts to make predictions on luck and love.

  46. In ancient society, goats were used as an animal sacrifice to placate the angry and revengeful spirits. Interestingly, the image of Devil is highly influenced by the appearance of a goat such as pointed chin, two horns on head, large eyes, and hooves.

  47. Bat is another very popular symbol of Halloween. Bat is portrayed as Dracula because of a species of blood-sucking bats. On the harvest night, bats were noticed feeling on rodents or other animals in the field, which gave birth to the symbolism.

  48. Bats and owls being nocturnal animal have also fuelled the imagination of people to believe them as the evil creature. They are among the favorite Halloween elements used in stories, movies, and decoration to represent evil.

  49. Over the centuries, any unnatural or odd occurrence or incident happening on a Halloween would be blamed on the ghosts.

  50. People believe that on Halloween they can mingle with the dead and communicate with deceased relatives.

  51. One of the most popular fortune game played on Halloween in the Victorian Era was twirling of apples. A pair of apple would be placed on one’s head and made to fall t the ground. The apples would form a shape of a letter and it was believed to be the first letter their future beau’s name.

  52. Jack O’ Lantern is one of the most popular symbols of Halloween. It is derived from the tale of an old Irish miser named Jack who made several pacts with the devil and tricked as well. His long list of sins forbade him to enter the Heaven and Devil made sure he could pass through the gates of Hell. Thus, his spirit was compelled to wander the earth until the Judgment Day. The Devil gave him a coal, which he placed in a hollowed turnip to light his path.

    Jack O’ Lantern Halloween facts

  53. The practitioners of both Satanism and Wicca adore Halloween and hold it in high esteem.

  54. The 1978 release movie Halloween was on a very tight budget. This led the directors to find the cheapest mask for the character of Michael Meyers. Eventually, they used the William Shatner’s Star Trek mask.

  55. 90% of parents say that they are (not so) guilty of sneaking candy out of their children’s Halloween bag.

  56. Approximately 40% of Americans dress up in a Halloween costume.

  57. According to a survey, 21% of the American likes to visit a haunted house on the night of Halloween.

  58. More than 12% of people in America dress their pets in Halloween costumes.

    More than 12% of people in America dress their pets in Halloween costumes.

  59. More than 45% people of American carve pumpkins on Halloween.

  60. Almost 72% of Americans hand out Halloween candy to kids as “trick or treat”.

  61. The word Samhain means “summer’s end”. It marks the beginning of winter.

  62. Some of the top children’s costume for Halloween is a superhero/action hero costume, princess costume, animal (lion, dog, cat, monkey, etc.) costumes, and others.

  63. Choice of costumes preferred by adults is the witch, pirate, Batman, Catwomen, animals, various Marvel Superheroes and many more.

    fleischer funny halloween costume for couple

  64. People like to dress up their pets in costumes like pumpkin, hot dog, the devil, bumble bee, and so many others.

  65. One of the most interesting Halloween Fact is that Fairuza Balk, an American film actor, is actually a Wiccan in real life.

 

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