How much do you really know about Halloween?

Since Halloween is my favourite holiday, as I’ve mentioned several times, I thought it might be interesting to do a little research about this spooky celebration. I visited a website called FactRetriever, and as it turns out, there’s a whole lot of interesting information pertaining to Halloween I wasn’t aware of.

The following information comes from FactRetriever, linked above.

Did you know:

  • Turnips served as the original root vegetable of choice when it came to carving Jack O’Lantern faces
  • Coming up short behind Christmas, Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday
  • “The word ‘witch’ comes from the Old English wicce, meaning ‘wise woman.’ In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night”, the website explains
  • The fear of Halloween is referred to as samhainophobia
  • Owls are often associated with Halloween because of a belief during medieval times that suggested they were actually witches, with their hoot being symbolic of an approaching death
  • Have you ever wondered where the term Jack O’Lantern comes from? “According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths”, says the website
  • Norm Craven holds the record for growing the largest pumpkin in 1993, with his reaching 836 pounds
  • The concept of trick-or-treating originates from an “ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year”, says FactRetriever
  • It is believed that Ireland is Halloween’s birthplace

There’s are only a few of the 55 Halloween facts listed on this site. Check it our if you’re curious about learning more about this eerie day.

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