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15 Halloween Facts

15 Halloween Facts

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1. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

2. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween

3. 50% of children prefer to receive chocolate, 24% prefer non-chocolate candy, and 10% prefer gum.

4. According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths

5. Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year

6. “Souling” is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes.

7. The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie,  Alberta, Canada.

8. Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween

9. Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday

10. Halloween was influenced by the ancient Roman festival Pomona, which celebrated the harvest goddess of the same name. Many Halloween customs and games that feature apples (such as bobbing for apples) and nuts date from this time. In fact, in the past, Halloween has been called San-Apple Night and Nutcrack Night.

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11. Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by three stomach punches.

12. According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.

13. In 1974, eight-year-old Timothy O’Bryan died of cyanide poisoning after eating Halloween candy. Investigators later learned that his father had taken out a $20,000 life insurance policy on each of his children and that he had poisoned his own son and also attempted to poison his daughter

14. Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years.

15. Halloween celebrations in Hong Kong are known as Yue Lan or the “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts” during which fires are lit and food and gifts are offered to placate potentially angry ghosts who might be looking for revenge.

 

 

Source:

http://facts.randomhistory.com/halloween-facts.html

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5 Comments

Trevor

October 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm

Es interesante y bueno leerlo aun que no sigo la tradición. Aún así no deja de ser una tradición grande y mayormente en Estados Unidos, ya que actualmente en Guatemala no he podido ver mucho movimiento a esta fiesta.

Trevor

October 30, 2014 at 10:03 am

Tienes toda la razón Falon! Culturalmente el “trick or treat” no se realiza en Guatemala principalmente por razones de seguridad; y es más una celebración para adultos. El día de los muertos es mucho más relevante que el Halloween; posiblemente el consumo de embutidos sobrepasa el consumo de los dulces por el Fiambre!

Trevor

October 30, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Dulces o dinero, dulces o dinero!!!

Trevor

November 3, 2014 at 1:42 pm

After reading point no. 5 I understand now the name of the phobia mentioned in point no. 2! Samhain is the name of the city!

Trevor

November 4, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Fantastic observation! I didn’t make the connection!
Samhain is also the Celtic tradition which is accredited as the origin of Halloween.

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