Halloween is just around the corner and most people will start celebrating the occasion this weekend. But what do you really know about October 31? Here are 11 interesting facts to get you started, compiled by Bustle:
- Halloween Didn’t Originate in America. According to The History Channel, the holiday actually came from Ireland’s Celtic festival for the dead, “Samhain.” For them, the festival represented the ending of the old and the welcoming of the new.
- Jack-O-Lanterns Were Originally Not Made Out of Pumpkins. Since Halloween originated in Ireland, so did the carving of pumpkins…only they didn’t use pumpkins, because there were none in Ireland. As Pumpkin Nook reveals, in place of pumpkins, the Irish used turnips to make their jack-o-lantern masterpieces.
- Halloween Was Originally Called “Cabbage Night” in Certain Towns. Why? There was a Scottish game where girls used cabbage stumps to determine their futures. The Huffington Post states that they were specifically trying to predict information regarding their future husbands. Sounds like an old school version of “Mashed,” no?
- You Used to Have to Dance for Your Candy. If only it were still like this, right? The Huffington Post also writes that in the earliest versions of trick-or-treating, men would go from house to house while performing dances, singing songs, and acting out sketches in exchange for money. This was originally a form of begging, but it quickly turned into a candy collecting tradition.
- It’s The Day That Harry Houdini Died. Most people know the story of Harry Houdini’s death: A ruptured appendix did the famous magician in. But, did you know that he passed away on Oct. 31, 1926? Seems only fitting that America’s most iconic magician would leave this world on a day when ghosts supposedly enter it.
- Some of the “Tricks” That Used to Take Place on Halloween Were Pretty Awful. Yes, the “trick” part of “trick-or-treat” used to be a real thing. The 1800’s were filled with horrible pranks because of it. According to Live Science, tipping over outhouses, opening farmers’ gates, and egging houses were not unheard of on Halloween–all in the name of tricking and treating.
- Nearly 35 Million Pounds of Candy Corn Is Produced Yearly. People tend to have strong feelings about candy corn–they either hate it or they love it. If you hate it, then this fact might surprise you: Woman’s Dayreported that nearly 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.
- There’s Something Called “Trunk-Or-Treating.” Yes, you read that correctly. According to Woman’s Day, “trunk-or-treating” was introduced in 2000 as a safe alternative to the traditional sidewalk trick-or-treating. The trend consists of parents parking their cars in a school or church parking lot and decorating their trunks with Halloween decorations and candy to be handed out to children.
- There’s a Fine for Using Silly String in Hollywood on Halloween. If you plan to have a little Halloween fun with silly string this year, make sure that you’re not having that fun in Hollywood. Business Insider reports that there’s a $1,000 fine for those using or selling the silly string in Hollywood on Halloween.
- No One Has Ever Been Poisoned From Their Halloween Candy. Apparently, no one has ever died from any intentionally poisoned candy on Halloween–at least, according to Live Science.
- There’s a Reason Orange and Black Are Halloween’s Colors. You know how everything that’s Halloween-themed is orange and black? Well that’s not random. International Business Times states that “orange represents the harvest and black represents the death of summer.”
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