Monday, October 25, 2010

Odd Halloween Facts


  • Welsh and Celtic traditions believe the dead visit the living on October 31st….and let the haunting begin. They would were masks on that day so the spirits of the dead would not recognize them.

  • Mexicans celebrate “The Day of the Dead” (El Dia de los Muertos)

  • During the 1800’s, out in the heartland of America when the Harvest ended celebrations were held at the end of October usually. People dressed up in costumes, had hayrides, ate sweets and bobbed for apples to celebrate. Scaring and tricking people became a young adult prank at the celebrations.

  • At the turn of the century, cities were becoming overcrowded and Halloween became a time to let off steam by playing practical jokes and tricks on people. By the 1930’s these practical jokes began to get dangerous and serious damage was being done on Halloween. This is how “trick or Treat”, the movement to have children go door to door and ask for candy began as a substitute for wild pranks and vandalism that was getting out of control in the cities across America.

  • Legends say if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you

  • Legends say that bobbing for apples may have originated from a roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.

  • In 2009 costume sales exceeded $6 billion and adult oriented costumes constitute over 62% of that.

  • Halloween is the third biggest party day after New Year's Eve and Superbowl Sunday.

  • 86% of Americans decorate their house for Halloween.

  • Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in The US.

  • Halloween s the second most commercial holiday after Christmas.

  • In England WHITE cats are believed to be BAD luck.

  • Orange represents the Harvest and Black the Darkness.

  • Black Cats get a bad rap on Halloween for being evil because they were believed to be the witch's familiar and keeper of all their powers.

  • Almost 99% of pumpkins sold are used fr Jack-O-Lanterns.

  • Jack-O-Lanterns originated in Ireland as hallowed out turnips with candles in them to keep away evil ghosts and spirits on the Samhain Holiday.

  • In 1964 Helen Pfeil was arrested for handing out arsenic laced treats to teens she deemed were too old to be Trick or Treating.

  • Halloween Celebrations date back over 2000 years ago as a Pagan tradition.

  • The correct spelling of Halloween is Hallowe'en.







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    3 comments:

    1. 86% of americans decorate their house? no WAY. Really?

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    3. As an owner of two black cats, I don't think they're bad luck at all!

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