Halloween is one of the biggest holidays celebrated in the western world. It normally falls on the 31st of October as per the western calendar. The name of this festival has been derived from the “All Hallows’ Eve” which is the time for thinking about and paying respect to the dead ancestors, saints and the departed martyrs.
It is believed that Halloween as it is celebrated today has its roots in Paganism and is also believed to be the Christian version of the harvest festival of the Celtic people. Today Halloween is marked by the scary and spooky decorations, the carving of the pumpkin and the delightful ritual of children dressed in costumes to go trick or treating. Normally when kids knock at your door, the hidden threat of their asking “Trick or treat” is to say either pay us with some treats or we will trick you with some mischief.
1.Traditionally a turnip was carved to make the Jack-o-lantern, it is only later on that pumpkins were used.
2. There are actually many people who suffer from a phobia called Samhainophobia, which is a fear of… you guessed it Halloween!
3. The largest pumpkin in the world has been recorded as weighing 1872 pounds, imagine carving that!
4. In commercial terms, Halloween ranks a close second to Christmas
5. Over 20 million pounds of candy corn are purchased by Americans every year.
6. While dressing up for Halloween, do not go in for a priest’s costume if you are in Alabama – it is illegal!
7. Use silly string during Halloween in Hollywood only if you are prepared to pay a fine of $1000 to do that.
8. It is a common belief that if you spot a spider on Halloween, it is actually the spirit of a dear departed one watching over you! So don’t freak out!
9. Did you know that there rarely is a full moon on Halloween? It is predicted that we will have a full moon on the 31st October 2020.
10. You may think that pumpkins come only in orange, but they also come in red, green and even grey!
11. Halloween is believed to have started in Ireland, originally it was called Samhain and it is a harvest festival with Celtic roots.
12. Dan Rather, Vanilla Ice and Willow Smith have a common birthday – the 31st of October!
13. Houdini died on the eve of Halloween. Given the fact that he was a magician, this seems fitting.
14. Did you know that unlike the USA where black cats are considered a bad omen, in UK it is the white cats that are considered a bad omen?
15. Going with bizarre effects of Halloween, some people even suffer from diarrhea, though this is due to gluttony not anything else.
16. Barmbrack which is a kind of rich fruit bread that is eaten in Ireland was the traditional food for Halloween. Various things baked in it were used for fortune telling.
17. Want to wear a ghost costume that is authentic for Halloween? Then you have to poop in it. That is right, apparently the ghost form of a person is the same condition as it is during death and excretion occurs at the time of death.
18. Did you know that spotting a bat during Halloween means you are in for a bad time?
19. All the dressing up on Halloween is actually supposed to be used to confuse spirits who visit us during the festival.
20. Animal shelters do not let people adopt black cats on the eve of Halloween.