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Little-Known Halloween Facts

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Halloween Facts Blog Most People Don't Know

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the world, but there's more to it than just candy, costumes, and parties. Here are some Halloween facts that most people don't know:

  • Halloween originated in an ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. Samhain was a pagan festival that celebrated the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the new year. The Celts believed that on the night of Samhain, the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead was thin, and spirits could cross over to the living world. To protect themselves from evil spirits, people would wear costumes and masks.

  • Trick-or-treating has its roots in an ancient practice called souling. Souling involved going door-to-door begging for food and money in exchange for prayers for the dead. In the 16th century, souling was replaced by guising, which was a similar practice but involved wearing costumes.

  • Jack-o'-lanterns were originally carved from turnips or beets. Pumpkins were not widely available in Europe until the 19th century.

  • Black cats were once associated with witchcraft. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that black cats were witches' familiars. This led to the persecution of black cats, and many were killed.

  • The word "Halloween" is a contraction of "All Hallows' Eve." All Hallows' Eve is the night before All Saints' Day, a Christian holiday that honors all saints and martyrs.

Here are some additional Halloween facts that most people don't know:

  • The world's largest pumpkin weighed in at 1,247 kilograms (2,749 pounds). It was grown in Half Moon Bay, California in 2023.

  • The most lit jack-o'-lanterns on display is 30,581. This record was set by the City of Keene, New Hampshire in 2013.

  • Americans spend about $6.9 billion on Halloween each year. Most of this money is spent on candy, costumes, and parties.

  • The most popular Halloween costume of all time is the witch.

  • There is a phobia of Halloween called Samhainophobia. People with Samhainophobia may experience anxiety, fear, or even panic attacks when exposed to Halloween-related stimuli.

We hope you enjoyed these Halloween facts! Have a safe and spooky holiday!

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