"Did You Know"
All Hallows Eve
Five Little Pumpkins
No matter what your age, the last night of October is always one to look forward to celebrating. Halloween means kids running around in costumes, family and friends getting together and a chance talk with neighbors. What other holiday do you have an excuse to eat all the sugar you want and wear whatever you want? But Halloween wasn’t always the same celebration we experience today. In fact, Halloween’s origins date back thousands of years to the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, pronounced sow-in. It was believed that the souls of all those who died came back to find living bodies to possess for the next year.
Trick or Treat Lore
As you prepare for trick or treaters, scary costumes and lots of hair raising fun, brush up on your Halloween trivia facts and tibits. Toss a few little known facts out to Halloween party guests.
Halloween, referred to as All Hallows Eve, was originally a pagan holiday in which they honored the dead. It was celebrated on October 31 since this was the last day of the Celtic calendar. Fact is this celebration dates back some 2,000 years.
Although it is unknown precisely where and when the phrase “trick or treat” was coined, the custom had been firmly established in American popular culture by 1951, when trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip. In 1952, Disney produced a cartoon called “Trick or Treat” featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.
Halloween Compared to Christmas
Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
Consumers will spend over $2.5 Billion during Halloween. That's a whole lot of candy, costumes, decorations, and party goods.
Consumer average spending on Halloween has increased 54.7 percent since 2005, with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion in 2013.
On average someone celebrating Halloween, it is expected they will spend $75.03 on décor, costumes, candy and fun, down from $79.82 last year.
The National Retail Federation concludes that the Halloween Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, their will be nearly 158 million consumers who will participate in Halloween activities, slightly less than the survey high of 170 million people last year.
The Colors Of Halloween
Strange Halloween Facts
Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
Eisenhower's 1958 White House was lit with an orange glow for a staff lunch given by the First Lady.
There are no other words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange. Can a holiday get any stranger than that.
Black cats were once believed to aid witches and were
believed to carry the powers of the witch for casting spells.
Orange Pumpkins for Halloween
TRICK OR TREAT
Unusual Facts About Halloween
In 1939, there was the first written mention of trick or treat in the popular media.
Eleanor Roosevelt made the first contribution to the 1960 UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat for all the World's Children campaign. Danny Kaye kicked it off in 1965.
93% of children, under the age of 12 will go out trick or treating this year.
90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags.
Chocolate makes up about 75% of trick or treaters loot. Snickers is the #1 most poupular candy for trick or treaters.
Fun Halloween Facts
The movie "Halloween" was made in 21 days in 1978.
The next full moon on Halloween night will be October 31, 2020.
86 percent of Americans decorate their homes at Halloween.
The Celts were the first to celebrate Halloween more than 2,000 years ago.
Seeing a Spider on Halloween is thought to be the spirit of a loved one watching over the person who finds the spider.
October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.
Most Popular Adults
Halloween Costumes 2011
8. Scary Costume/Mask
10. Police Officer
Children's Costumes 2013
4- Action/Super Hero
47.5% will decorate their home or yard, and 43.6% will wear a costume.
13.8% will dress up their pets.
Origin of Halloween Costumes
The Celts believed that the souls of the dead could return to their former homes on the night of October 31. People would dress up in costumes made from animal skins to disguise themselves from these spirits. Nowadays, the ghosts and goblins we see out on Halloween night are children trick or treating.
51 million American adults wore Halloween costumes in 2008.
Americans spend more than 1.5 billion dollars on Halloween costumes every year.
1,815 costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2008.
Source: 2008 County Business Patterns
What Average Americans Will Spend on Halloween
• Halloween Costumes: $20.75
• Halloween Candy: $17.99
• Decorations: $14.54
• Greeting Cards: $3.02
(Source: 2009 National Retail Federation survey.)
2013 Top Halloween Costumes
Americans are expected to spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes for adults, children and pets. Total spending – including candy and decorations – is expected to reach $6.9 billion
Top Children's Costumes for 2013
1 Princess - 8.2% - 3,815,104
2 Animal - 6.1% - 2,819,860
3 Batman - 5.4% - 2,488,111
4 Action/Super Hero - 5.1% - 2,363,706
5 Spider-Man - 3.9% - 1,824,615
Top Adult Costumes for 2013
1 Witch - 9.6% - 5,141,241
2 Batman - 5.4% - 2,920,225
3 Vampire - 5.0% - 2,714,575
4 Zombie - 4.4% - 2,344,406
5 Pirate - 3.8% - 2,056,497
Top Pet Costumes for 2013
1 Pumpkin - 7.9%
2 Hot Dog - 6.9%
T3 Cat - 4.8%
T3 Devil - 4.8%
4 Witch - 4.2%
5 Superman 3.4%
Source - from the National Retail Federation
The pumpkin is one of the oldest known vegetables.
Jack O'Lanterns originated in Ireland to keep away spirits and ghosts.
To keep your pumpkin from drying out, within a half-hour of carving a jack o’ lantern, rub the insides of it with petroleum jelly. Place a damp towel over it when it’s not on display.
Total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states in 2009. Illinois led the country by producing 429 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. California and Ohio were also major pumpkin-producing states: each produced at least 100 million pounds.
1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown each year for Halloween.
Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
One of the most popular forms of Halloween fortune-telling involved using a mirror to discover the identity of one's future husband. Although it had many variations, a typical method involved sitting before a mirror at midnight on Halloween, eating an apple and brushing one's hair; supposedly an image of your loved one would appear in the glass.
Dolly Madison is is said to haunt the White House Rose Garden.
A sliver bullet can kill a werewolf.
Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess.
Vampires are mythical beings who defy death by sucking the blood of humans.
Ghosts on Halloween
Casper™ is a friendly ghost, and one
of the oldest in cartoon history. He first
appeared in a series titled “Noveltoons”
in 1946 and still haunts movie and
television screens today.
It is said that Halloween Ghosts can cause rooms to go cold when they enter a room, never sleep, have no idea of time passing, and can read other people's thoughts.
George Reeves, the man who played Superman on TV, is said to haunt his
home where he died. Several people have reported seeing a phantom
George Reeves dressed in his Superman costume.
May You Have A
Halloween Consumer Highlights 2013
Leave Some Fun Trick or A Treat Comments
Shari (author) from New York, NY on October 11, 2011:
Glenn - thank you for that - after raising a Halloween baby I have definitely researched every angle of this fun holiday. One thing for sure is that we never ran out of a theme for making her Halloween birthday special every year.
Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on October 07, 2011:
I realize you wrote this for Halloween a year ago. I always enjoy learning new facts about things that I didn't know. This was a very interesting Hub as you really did your research. It should do just as well this Halloween season. Thanks. Voted up.
Shari (author) from New York, NY on September 27, 2010:
I have one more for you , Halloween fact that is.. . my daughter was born on this best holiday of the year, no wonder why I love it so much!!!
pakpub from Florida on September 27, 2010:
Who knew there were so many fun facts about Halloween. Thanks for sharing!
Shari (author) from New York, NY on September 17, 2010:
@Wendy - hard not to love Halloween, dressing up and candy, what more can a girl ask for!
Shari (author) from New York, NY on September 16, 2010:
@ KoffeeKlatch Gals - thanks for stopping by for a little Halloween fun with me.
tony0724 from san diego calif on September 16, 2010:
shari you know you are my kinda wench !!!! :)
Shari (author) from New York, NY on September 16, 2010:
@sunforged - just think now you have a great word to teach your daughter for her first halloween!
Shari (author) from New York, NY on September 16, 2010:
@viking305- with Halloween so close I started researching the history of the holiday and like you there was so much I didn't know about Halloween!
@jane - take a good hubber to know another one with a great eye for halloween!
@tony - you be the pirate and Ill be the wench!
Tony from At the Gemba on September 16, 2010:
A true ancient British festival that is celebrated more by Americans than by us Brits! I used to live near an American Airbase when I was a kid, guess where I used to spend my Halloweens..
Dorothee-Gy from near Frankfurt/M., Germany on September 14, 2010:
Great article and great pictures! I love Halloween, especially the colors and the decoration, and everything connected to the fall. Thanks for reminding me of the great time that's waiting right around the next corner...
Raymond D Choiniere from USA on September 13, 2010:
Hey Shari, that was a pretty cool hub about Fun Facts of Halloween. Some of the stuff you mentioned I've never heard of. Besides, some of the fact with regards to what is spent(money wise) for Halloween are amazing. Great job!
Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on September 13, 2010:
My kids are too big to trick or treat. So I always get extra candy. I love Halloween.
Dobson from Virginia on September 13, 2010:
You have a great hub about Halloween here Shari! It is worth reading to learn some of the lesser known facts you present!
Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on September 12, 2010:
Even though Halloween has no place in Christianity, and at 62 I'm just a little old for getting dressed up and going trick or treating for myself, I love seeing the kids and their zany costumes ranging from a simple sheet to the most eloborate characters imaginable.
Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on September 12, 2010:
I am impressed by your hub. I loved the information, the way you placed the pictures and information together that made it flow. I think for me I nenjoyed the tale about sitting in front of a mirror before midnight brushing your hair and eating an apple and your true loves image would appear. What a fun and informative hub.
sunforged from Sunforged.com on September 11, 2010:
I have truly always wanted to know that, and have even restrained myself from verbally saying the word in random Halloween talk.
tony0724 from san diego calif on September 11, 2010:
I wanna be a Pirate ! And just for the record I love Reeses peanut butter cups !
Jane@CM on September 11, 2010:
Oh my goodness girl, your layout on Facts about Halloween is amazing! I love it!
L M Reid from Ireland on September 11, 2010:
I really enjoyed reading all these facts about Halloween. I must say that most of them I was not aware of.
Yes we in Ireland celebrate Halloween in big way too like in America. The kids have a great time Trick or Treating on the night.