This site is dedicated to all facts about Halloween – everything you want and need to know about Halloween!
The Halloween holiday is full of history and mixed traditions from different cultures. These cultures include Irish, English, Celtic, and Roman. Many people think of Halloween as just a holiday for candy and dressing up but below is a list of interesting facts about it.
1.) The correct spelling of Halloween is actually Hallowe’en
2.) The word Halloween was first seen in the 16th century.
3.) Halloween is derived from its original name All Hollow’s Eve.
4.) Originally turnips were carved – not pumpkins.
5.) Carved lanterns was a way of remembering souls stuck in purgatory.
6.) Pumpkin carving was first noted in America in 1837.
7.) The traditional colors of Halloween are black and orange.
8.) Since Halloween is on the arrival of the annual apple harvest candied and caramelized apples area traditional treat.
9.) Virtually all known candy poisonings were of parents poisoning their own children’s candy.
10.) Traditionally after carving a pumpkin the seeds are cleaned baked and salted for snacks.
11.) Celtic Neo-pagans consider Halloween to be a holy time of year.
12.) The orange color represents fall and harvest time while black represents death and darkness.
13.) Pumpkins also come in white blue and green besides the original orange.
14.) Halloween was brought to America by immigrants from Europe.
15.) Snickers is the number one candy bar given to children during trick or treating.
16.) Jack o’ lanterns were originated from Ireland.
17.) Halloween is the second commercially successful holiday.
18.) More than 93 % of children go trick-or-treating every year.
19.) The origins of trick-or-treating is thought to be of the European tradition of “souling” in which people begged for soul cakes.
20.) Magician Harry Houdini died of a burst appendix on Halloween in 1926.
21.) Halloween is closely linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain.
22.) 99% of all pumpkins sold are for jack o’ lanterns during Halloween.
23.) If you see a spider on Halloween, it is said that the spider is a loved one visiting you.
24.) Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars in the untied states annually.
25.) 86% of Americans decorate their homes for Halloween.
26.) Back in the day young women believed they could do magic to see the image of their future husband on Halloween with an apple parings, yarn, and mirrors.
27.) It was thought that putting food on your front porch on Halloween would prevent ghosts from entering your home.
28.) The fastest time carving a face into a pumpkin was 54.72 seconds.
29.) Tradition food eaten on Halloween is barnbrack which is a type of fruit cake.
30.) The witch is a iconic symbol for Halloween seen throughout the holiday’s history.
31.) Wearing costumes was originally thought to fool the dead who came back to earth on Halloween into believing the living was one of them.
32.) A woman from New York was arrested for giving out arsenic laced candy to teenagers whom she thought were too old for trick or treating.
33.) Wearing of masks on Halloween is a roman tradition.
34.) Chocolate makes up 3/4 of a trick-or-treater’s haul.
35.) Candy corn has been made by jelly belly company with the same recipe since 1900.
36.) 90% of parents admit to sneaking treats from their children’s Halloween candy haul.