10 Interesting Facts About Halloween

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Have you ever wondered where the idea to dress-up in costumes for Halloween came from? Or maybe why we carve pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns?

  1. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  2. Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in America.
  3. Jack-o’-lanterns were originally carved out of turnips, potatoes or beets.halloween-959006_1920
  4. Dressing up in costumes comes from the ancient Celtic people celebrating Samhain. They believed it was a time when spirits could cross over into our world. In order to ward off evil spirits they wore costumes and masks.
  5. It’s illegal to dress-up as a priest in Alabama.
  6. Chocolate is the number one Halloween candy choice.
  7. The world’s largest pumpkin ever measured weighs 836 lbs. and was grown by Norm Craven.
  8. Almost 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.
  9. The movie Halloween (1978) used the cheapest mask they could find for Michael Myers, due to a minimal budget. It ended up being a Captain Kirk mask from Star Trek.
  10. Boston, Massachusetts holds the record for the most jack-o’-lanterns lit at once. The final count was 30,128.