Fun Halloween Facts

Here are some fun (and possibly little known) facts about Halloween.

  • Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  • Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!

  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.

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

  • Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers No. 1.

  • Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

  • Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the Roman goddess of fruit trees.

  • Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.

  • The fear of Halloween is known as Samhainopobia.

Source: Halloween Web