24 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Halloween

Surprise! There’s more to this holiday than wearing a slutty costume.

1. The first jack-o’-lanterns were actually made from turnips.

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2. Thousands of people suffer from Samhainophobia which is an irrational fear of Halloween.

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3. The world’s largest pumpkin weighed in at 1,872 pounds.

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4. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

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5. Americans purchase over 20 million pounds of Candy Corn each year.

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6. The number one candy of choice is Snickers

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Followed by Reese’s, Kit-Kat’s and M&M’s.

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7. It’s estimated that total Halloween spending could reach $8 billion in 2012.

That’s over $79 per household.

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8. In Alabama it’s illegal to dress-up as a priest.

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9. In Hollywood there’s a $1,000 fine for using Silly String on Halloween.

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10. According to legend, if you see a spider on Halloween, it’s actually the spirit of a loved one watching over you.

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11. October 30th is National Candy Corn Day.

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12. It’s is actually very rare for a full moon to occur on Halloween. Although, it’s predicted to occur on 10/31/2020.

It also happened in 1925, 1944, 1955, and 1974.

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13. While pumpkins are typically orange, they can also be green, white, red and gray.

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14. Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

It was originally a Celtic festival called Samhain which celebrated the harvest.

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15. Willow Smith, Dan Rather, and Vanilla Ice were all born on October 31st.

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16. Magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween.

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17. In the UK white cats are thought to bring bad luck, not like black cats in the US.

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18. Have leftover candy? Save it! Hard candy lasts for a year, while chocolate can last up to two.

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19. Halloween can give you diarrhea. Seriously. Consuming too much candy with fructose and sorbitol can give you rhea.

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20. Barmbrack used to be a traditional food eaten on Halloween.

The bread contained various objects baked into it and was used as a sort of fortune-telling game.

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21. Contrary to popular belief, no one has put razor blades or poison in goodies for random trick-or-treaters.

The only documented cases have been pranks gone awry or parents poisoning their own children.

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22. Many shelters don’t allow black cats to be adopted around Halloween for fear that they may be tortured or sacrificed.

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23. More candy is sold on October 28th than any other day of the year.

The top five candy selling days of the year are all in October.

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24. Finally, your ghost costume isn’t authentic unless you poop in it. Seriously, ghosts are believed to keep the same form they had at death and a side effects of death is involuntary defecation.

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BONUS: Ever curious about what to do with your leftover pumpkins?

(H/T Dave)

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