Amazing Facts About Halloween – For Kids
The original Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.
The Guinness World Record for Heaviest Pumpkin is held by Mathias Willemijns from Belgium for his 2,624.6-pound pumpkin.
Stephen Clarke of Havertown, Pennsylvania holds the record for the world’s fastest pumpkin carving time: 24.03 seconds.
Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
The other names of Halloween are All Hallow's Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer's End.
The longest haunted house in the world is "Factory of Terror" in Canton, Ohio.
A child born on Halloween is said to possess the ability to talk to spirits.
Boston, Massachusetts, holds the record for the most Jack O'Lanterns lit at once.
Pumpkins are classified as a fruit, not as a vegetable.
A pumpkin is a berry in the cucurbitaceae family, which also includes melons, cucumbers, squash and gourds. All these plants are native to the Americas.
The blockbuster movie Halloween was filmed in just 21 days.
In Alabama, it is illegal to dress up as a priest or as a nun on Halloween.
During the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, priests used cats as part of a ritual to try to predict the future.
There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, the color of pumpkin.
Mexico celebrates 'The Day of the Dead' instead of Halloween.
Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
People spend as much as over $2.5 billion during Halloween on candies, costumes, decorations and parties.
The first citywide Halloween celebration took place in Anoka, Minnesota, in 1921.
Animals won't miss out on the fun — 17% of Americans dress their pets in costumes.
Owls are popular Halloween symbols. In medieval times, owls were believed to be witches, and if you heard the call of an owl it meant that someone was about to die.
Legend has it that if you see a spider on Halloween night, it means a loved one is watching over you.
Black cats are another symbol of the spooky side of Halloween: if a black cat crosses your path, you’ll be cursed with bad luck.
Bats were also feared as the familiars of witches. Bats have an additional connection to Halloween: the bonfires that the ancient Celts built to celebrate Samhain would often attract the flying mammals.
According to a legend from the late 1800s, if a young woman stared into a mirror in a dark room on Halloween, she would see the face of her future spouse.
Although full moons are also associated with Halloween, a Halloween full moon is quite rare. The most recent Halloween full moons were in 1955, 1974, and 2001. A full moon is also expected on October 31, 2020.
According to Live Science, some northeastern pranksters follow a stinky tradition of collecting rotten vegetables and leaving them near their neighbors' doors in honor of "Cabbage Night" on October 30.
German model Heidi Klum is famous for her outstanding Halloween costumes.