The Allure of the Unknown
Halloween is one of those most fun and captivating holidays, not only because you get to have fun with a costume and be someone else for a day, but also because it is based on the unknown, the strange, and the paranormal. There is an element of surprise and unpredictability, along with the thrill of controlled horror.
Here's some fun Halloween trivia that I've put together for you to enjoy this holiday even more. You can use this trivia in creative ways- like for a Halloween scavenger hunt, put facts on your halloween party invitations or in goodie-bags, or include them in your neighborhood's Halloween Ghost.
Halloween in Modern Times
- Pumpkins aren't only orange! They also come in blue, green, and white. These colorful varieties can create a unique jack o' lantern, have good flavor for cooking, and are becoming more available.
- Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday. I'm sure you can guess which one is the first!
- Halloween spending in the United States has increased by $2.5 billion since 2005.
- Tootsie Rolls were the first penny candy in the United States to be individually wrapped. They were first manufactured in 1896.
- Halloween candy sales in the U.S. average about $2 billion every year.
- Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are the most popular trick-or-treat candy, and all Hershey brand chocolates are close to the top of the list.
- October 30 is National Candy Corn Day. Over 9 billion pieces of candy corn are made each year.
- According to a study done by the Hershey Company, houses with black shutters are 77% more likely to give out Kit Kats. Spooky!
Halloween in History
- Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland, where they were originally made out of turnips. People would place candles in the hallowed-out turnips to keep ghosts away during Samhain.
- It is believed that bobbing for apples originated from the Roman harvest holiday for Pamona, goddess of fruit.
- People used to believe that black cats were witches' familiars. That is why they are said to be unlucky today.
- At nightfall on October 31, the several day long pagan festival of Samhain begins, marking the end of the Celtic year.
creepy on May 17, 2013:
Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on October 31, 2011:
@Sunshine625- I'm not sure if Halloween is my favorite or 2nd favorite holiday, but I sure do enjoy it a lot. And tootsie rolls really are ancient...older than Hershey's!
Thanks for commenting!
@Movie Master- I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and took the time to comment here. Pumpkins can be beautiful all through the fall, if you can find all of the different colors.
Movie Master from United Kingdom on October 31, 2011:
What fabulous, interesting halloween facts, I had no idea pumpkins came in different colours!
Happy halloween! best wishes MM
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on October 20, 2011:
Halloween is my 2nd favorite holiday...I adore this hub! Your facts are great! I didn't know Candy Corn had a national day or that tootsie rolls begain in 1896! WOW they are ancient! Voted UP! :)
Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on October 13, 2011:
Thank you, ttagpine!
George S McChristian from Louisiana, USA on October 12, 2011:
Great article. Voted up!
Stephanie Das (author) from Miami, US on October 10, 2011:
Thank you to both of you for the nice comments. It was a fun hub to write :)
Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on October 10, 2011:
This is a great hub! Among all the consumerism at Halloween, it's really nice to be reminded of the roots of the celebration.
OutsideTheLines from Tulsa, OK on October 10, 2011:
Very interesting. I didn't know any of this before and it was very fun to read :) good job. Voted up.