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21 Facts About Halloween That'll Make You Shit Your Pants

You'll be all the more wiser after reading this.

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1. Halloween was brought to America by European immigrants.

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In the 1800s, European immigrants who migrated to America brought their Halloween traditions with them, including dancing around a bonfire, telling ghost stories, and telling fortunes.

2. Dressing up in costumes originates from Ireland.

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In Celtic tradition, Halloween was part of the Festival of Samhain, where people would dress up in an effort to ward off evil spirits.

3. Jack-o'-lanterns are literally named after a guy named Jack.

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According to Irish Legend, "Stingy Jack" was a cranky old man who got a kick out of playing tricks on everyone he knew, including the Devil.

4. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

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No, you don't hate Halloween, you're probably just terrified of it and don't know yet.

5. Depending on where you live, the night before Halloween has several different names. A few names are: Mischief Night, Devil's Night, All Hallows Eve, Lamswool Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer’s End.

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It's known as Mischief Night in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and Devil's Night in Michigan.

6. Jack-o'-lanterns used to be carved out of turnips.

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7. In Scotland, trick-or-treating was once known as "guising."

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Kids would dress up as ghosts and other fun costumes in an attempt to ~blend in~ with evil spirits.

8. In Hollywood, the use of Silly String on Halloween can result in a hefty fine.

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9. Orange and Black are the ~official~ Halloween colors for good reason. Orange is associated with the arrival of Fall and harvest season, while Black is associated with death, darkness, and just plain evil.

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10. Bobbing for Apples began as part of an ancient Roman Festival. The Roman Harvest Festival (and apples) pay respects to Pamona, the Goddess of fruit trees.

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11. The Village Halloween Parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in America.

An estimated 50,000 people participate in the parade each year, and millions more watch on the sidelines.

12. World War II caused sugar rationing, which put a halt to trick-or-treating for five years.

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Children didn't get to say "Trick-or-treat!" from 1942–1947. Sad!

13. Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926.

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14. Halloween is one of the biggest retail events of the year, right behind Easter and Christmas.

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15. Halloween can also be spelled as Hallowe'en.

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What began as "All Hallows Eve" was eventually shortened to Halloween, or "Hallowe'en," in the 16th century.

16. According to ancient legend, seeing a spider on Halloween means a loved one is watching over you and protecting you.

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17. In Australia, Halloween is seen as unpopular and "too American."

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18. Vanilla Ice was born on Halloween.

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19. In the U.K., white cats are considered bad luck.

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Complete opposite of the US!

20. On average, people will spend $300 million on haunted house attractions.

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Boo!

21. Several animal shelters across the country refuse to let people adopt black cats on Halloween. The reason? They're afraid the cats will get sacrificed.

Yikes.
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Yikes.

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