Today is Halloween, the day where everyone dresses up in their favorite costumes, attending Halloween parties and goes door to door to collect all the candy they can get. It turns out that Halloween is not just about the candy, costumes and parties but the holiday is centuries old.
Here are some interesting Halloween Facts that you might not have known.
Halloween goes back more than 2,000 years: The holiday started as a pre-Christian Celtic festival called Samhain, meaning summers end, and was held around the first of November. Its celebrated the final day of the harvest and the crossings of spirits all over the world. The people would dress up in costumes and have bonfires to ward off any ghosts.
Trick-or-Treating existed since Medieval Times: It was known as Guising in Scotland and Ireland when young people would dress up and go door to door for money in exchange for songs, poems, or other treats.
Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in America: Coming in second behind Christmas. Last year, consumers spent approximately $9 billions dollars on Halloween last year. Which means the average American spend about $86 dollars on Halloween every year.
Illinois produces up to five times more pumpkins than any other state: More than 15,000 acres of land are dedicated to harvesting pumpkins according to the United States Department of Agriculture. The farms typically grow more than 500 million pounds of pumpkins each year.
Skittles are the Top Halloween Candy in the United States and the top Halloween candy in the State of Florida according to Reader’s Digest.
New York City throws the largest Halloween Parade
Candy Corn was originally called Chicken Feed
The Irish brought us Jack-O’-Lanterns
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