How much do you really know about Halloween?

Halloween is, without a doubt, my favourite celebratory holiday in a given calendar year. My love for Halloween likely stems from my love for Autumn since they are intertwined with one another, and I doubt my preference for this holiday will diminish anytime soon.

I wanted to do a little bit of research and see what kind of interesting information I could find about Halloween that most of us may not be aware of. This following information comes from factretriever.com.

  • “The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips
  • “Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas
  • “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 owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die
  • “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
  • “Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween
  • “Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday
  • “According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight
  • “A child born on Halloween is said to have the ability to talk to spirits.”

I found these particular facts to be pretty interesting, and I hope you feel the same way. Be sure to click out the entire list of Halloween facts by visiting factretriever.com.

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