Halloween is a time filled with spooky costumes, delicious treats and traditions that go back for centuries. Some even believe that spirits wander the Earth on Halloween night.
Learn more about the spookiest holiday of the year with these Halloween fun facts.
In the past, people would travel door-to-door and perform a dance in exchange for treats.
- Although pumpkins are now commonly used, some of the first Jack O’Lanterns were made from turnips, beets and potatoes.
- People used to wear animal skins and heads as their Halloween costumes.
- A fear of ghosts is known as phasmophobia.
- Halloween originated more than 2,000 years ago.
- The Celtic New Year (known as Samhain) was celebrated on what we know as November 1. The night before, now known as Halloween, was a time that spirits were believed to wander the Earth on their way to the afterlife.
- Spiders, bats and black cats are common symbols of Halloween due to their past connection with Wiccans and bad luck.
- Owls are also symbols of Halloween, as they were thought to be witches in the past. If you heard an owl’s call in Medieval Europe, it meant someone was about to die.
- A fear of monsters is known as teratophobia.
- Other names for Halloween include All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints’ Eve.
- Halloween is the second highest grossing holiday. (Christmas is number one.)
- Wiccaphobia is the fear of witches.
- A fear of Halloween is known as Samhainophobia.
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