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.
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.
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 humans.
Halloween candy sales average about two billion dollars annually in the United States.
Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers being #1.
Halloween the the second most commercially successful holiday. Guess which is first?
Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the Roman harvest festival that honours Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
Black cats were once believed to be witches’ familiars who protected their powers.
Worldwide, bats are vital natural enemies of night-flying insects. And the ones that can tranform into humans are mates of many a heroine in Romancelandia.
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…and over two million girls found out who they would marry when they grow up.
Orange and black became Halloween colors because orange is associated with harvests and black is associated with death.
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