100 Spooky Facts About Halloween

In 1958, Lady Mamie Eisenhower decorated the White House for Halloween using faux skulls, pumpkins and flowers.

Halloween is the time of year when people decorate their doorsteps with carved pumpkins and fake cobwebs. On October 31, everyone dresses in spooky costumes for trick-or-treating and themed parties.

Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Halloween or where its traditions came from? We’ll explore this and more with these Halloween facts!

Get ready to be spooked with these 100 Halloween facts that you need to know.

Contents
  1. The Meaning of Halloween
  2. The Purpose of Halloween Masks
  3. Blue Moons on Halloween
  4. Halloween in Lithuania
  5. The Original Trick-or-Treating: Guising
  6. No Mask Policies on Halloween
  7. A Guinness World Record was set for the loudest single scream at a Halloween festival in London, England, in October 2000. English teaching assistant Jill Drake’s scream recorded an incredible 129 dBA, equivalent to a loud symphony or rock concert.
  8. Ray Villafane created the world’s largest pumpkin sculpture in two days, weighing 1,818 lb (824.86 kg) and 1,693 lb (767.9 kg), depicting a zombie apocalypse scene between October 22-23, 2011. Galloping Grace Youth Ranch and the citizens of New Mexico hold the record for most pumpkins carved simultaneously, with 1,060 people carving pumpkins on October 26, 2013.
  9. The idea of wearing a white sheet as a ghost costume on Halloween originated from the tradition of covering a dead body with a white sheet to create the illusion of a dead person underneath.
  10. Cambodians give beans to the dead on Halloween.
  11. Halloween traditions last for a week in Austria.
  12. Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was founded in 1950.
  13. Jack-o’-lanterns scare away the spirit of “Stingy Jack.”
  14. The phrase “Trick-or-Treat” was first printed in 1927.
  15. Souling was a Halloween tradition in England.
  16. The biggest Halloween-themed GPS image was created in 2014
  17. The world record for the most people apple bobbing simultaneously
  18. The reason why black and orange are associated with Halloween
  19. The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia
  20. Puerto Rico hosts the annual Yellow Halloween event
  21. Statistically, fewer babies are born on Halloween
  22. Smashing Pumpkins Becomes a Sport in the USA
  23. Halloween Traditions Date Back to 4000 B.C.
  24. Ghosts Gather to Break a World Record
  25. Snap Apple: A Traditional Halloween Game
  26. The World’s Largest Haunted House Takes Nearly an Hour to Walk Through
  27. Trick-or-Treating is Only for Children in Missouri
  28. The Record for the Most Jack-o’-Lanterns Lit Together is 30,581
  29. On Halloween, the average person collects about 7,000 calories from trick-or-treating, while Americans consume about 3.4 pounds of candy, equivalent to 3 cups of sugar.
  30. Many US shelters prohibit the adoption of black cats on Halloween due to fears for their safety.
  31. The world’s largest collection of clowns is owned by Ortrud Kastaun of Germany.
  32. The word “bonfire” originated from burning bones during the Samhain festival.
  33. In Sweden, Halloween is celebrated by visiting graveyards and loved ones.
  34. Celebrating Halloween on Sundays is illegal in Rehoboth, Delaware.
  35. Two spirits were exorcised and sold online in New Zealand in 2010.
  36. You can attend a Halloween party in Dracula’s castle.
  37. The first villain scarecrow appeared in Batman comics in 1941.
  38. “Trunk-or-Treating” started in the 1990s as an alternative to Trick-or-Treating.
  39. In 2016, clown masks were banned during Halloween.
  40. The British Tradition of “Scrying” on Halloween
  41. The Popularity of Boxed Costumes in the 1950s
  42. Bogie Books: The First Halloween Texts
  43. Strange Halloween Laws in Britain
  44. Dressing Up Pets for Halloween
  45. FAQ

The Meaning of Halloween

The term Halloween, or Hallowe’en, has been used since 1745 in association with Christian origins. In Scottish, it means “saints evening” and would have been written as “All Hallows’ Eve.” Over time, it became abbreviated to Hallowe’en.

The Purpose of Halloween Masks

Masks were initially worn at Halloween to ward off evil spirits. People believed that souls would come back to walk the earth, looking for lives to take with them. Wearing a scary mask was thought to scare off the evil spirits.

Blue Moons on Halloween

Blue moons are rare enough, but they occur on Halloween every 18-19 years. A blue moon is the second full moon to occur in the same month. October’s first moon is called a harvesters moon, and if there is a second, it’s called the hunter’s moon.

Halloween in Lithuania

In Lithuanian culture, Halloween marks the night when light meets darkness. It is believed that half of the year is light and half is dark, not just in terms of physical light but in spirit too. Children often dress in black or white, representing either side.

The Original Trick-or-Treating: Guising

Guising, a British term used for disguising one’s identity through dress, has been recorded in Scotland since the 16th century. One way of guising was wearing a mask or face covering on Halloween. In the 1800s, this developed into wearing masquerade masks while souling or asking for fruit.

No Mask Policies on Halloween

In the US, there are rules about wearing masks in public on Halloween.

Wearing a mask in public on Halloween without a permit from the local sheriff is prohibited in California, while in Dublin, Georgia, it is illegal to wear a mask if you are under 16 years old. Similarly, in Belleville, Illinois, it is against the law to wear a mask if you are under 12 years old.

A Guinness World Record was set for the loudest single scream at a Halloween festival in London, England, in October 2000. English teaching assistant Jill Drake’s scream recorded an incredible 129 dBA, equivalent to a loud symphony or rock concert.

According to Welsh mythology, on November 1, the spirit named Angelystor or “Recording Angel” appears at the Llangernyw Yew tree to tell the village who will be the next to die. The tree is located in the churchyard of St. Digain’s Church in the village of Llangernyw, Conway, Wales.

Ray Villafane created the world’s largest pumpkin sculpture in two days, weighing 1,818 lb (824.86 kg) and 1,693 lb (767.9 kg), depicting a zombie apocalypse scene between October 22-23, 2011. Galloping Grace Youth Ranch and the citizens of New Mexico hold the record for most pumpkins carved simultaneously, with 1,060 people carving pumpkins on October 26, 2013.

The famous cartoon character Charlie Brown and his friends popularized the concept of trick-or-treating when they went trick-or-treating in a 1966 episode of the show.

The idea of wearing a white sheet as a ghost costume on Halloween originated from the tradition of covering a dead body with a white sheet to create the illusion of a dead person underneath.

Peter Jackson, best known for producing and directing “The Lord of The Rings” series, was born on Halloween and had a focus on horror in his early career.

Jackson began his career by creating a horror-comedy show and filming a comedy show inspired by zombies. Some believe that his birthday has played a role in shaping his horror-themed work. Other famous people born on Halloween include Sydney Park from “The Walking Dead,” Willow Smith, and Larry Mullen Jr. from U2.

In the past, Halloween candy was usually homemade, with caramel apples and popcorn being popular treats. Apples were a popular choice due to being in season, and they were often coated or rolled in sweet treats. However, in the 1970s, candy manufacturers began to market Halloween-specific candy, and pre-made candy became more popular.

In Germany, it is customary to hide knives on Halloween to prevent any accidents and ensure that visiting relatives’ spirits are not harmed. This tradition is due to the belief that Halloween is a time when the veil between worlds is thin enough for spirits to pass.

Black cats have become symbols of superstition due to their reputation for bad luck and curses. During medieval times in France and Spain, cats were associated with such things. This association made them the perfect companion for witches who wanted to curse someone. In the US, Puritan Pilgrims distrusted anything related to sorcery and witchcraft, and it became a tradition to burn a black cat on Shrove Tuesday to prevent house fires that year.

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” is the most played Halloween song, with over 66 million copies sold globally since its release in 1983. Although there are other Halloween songs, such as “The Monster Mash” and “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Thriller” remains a Halloween classic.

In Des Moines, Iowa, the night before Halloween is known as “Beggars night.” This tradition encourages younger children to have a safer experience while trick-or-treating. The actual night for “Beggars night” varies depending on the county or state.

For young children, Halloween night can be overwhelming or too scary, which is why Beggars Night was created. It allows sensitive children to still enjoy Halloween with less stress and more comfort.

In Mexico, Halloween is called Dia de los Muertos, which means “day of the dead.” On October 31, people dress up as sugar skulls, blending indigenous Aztec rituals with Spanish colonizer traditions. Celebrations include making offerings to deceased loved ones, creating flower decorations, and shrines in homes and at burial sites.

The movie Hocus Pocus has become a Halloween favorite, but did you know that its original concept was much darker? The writer pitched the script to Disney as Halloween House, but they changed the name to Hocus Pocus for a more family-friendly appeal.

The original Halloween movie was filmed in just 21 days with a budget of only $300,000 USD. The famous mask worn by Michael Myers cost just $1.98 USD from a costume shop on Hollywood Boulevard. The low budget forced them to film everything in one location, South Pasadena, California.

In Spain, 1,607 witches gathered in Sort, Lleida, on November 16, 2013, breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of witches held for 9 years by La Bruixa d’Or.

Every year, Halloween is celebrated at The White House in Washington, D.C. The tradition started in 1958 when Lady Mamie Eisenhower decorated it with faux skulls, pumpkins, and flowers. The haunting atmosphere is intensified by the rumors of ghosts of previous presidents haunting the corridors.

Only 5 US states produce the majority of Halloween pumpkins.

All states in the United States grow pumpkins, but there are five states that produce the most pumpkins during Halloween.

Illinois, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Texas, and California were documented by the U.S. Census of Agriculture as the leading states in pumpkin production.

Illinois harvested double the amount of pumpkins than any other state in 2018, and a total of 500 million lbs (226 million kg) of pumpkins were produced across these five states.

Cambodians give beans to the dead on Halloween.

Halloween is a relatively new holiday in Cambodia, but the country has had traditions similar to Halloween celebrated during September and October.

It is believed that the gates to hell open around October, and souls can walk the earth. A traditional offering was to give beans wrapped in banana leaves to lost loved ones on Halloween as a symbol of peace.

Halloween traditions last for a week in Austria.

Halloween is celebrated in Austria as part of All Souls week, also known as Seleenwoche.

Traditionally, Austrians leave a light on in their homes for seven continuous days, along with bread and water left out for the souls of passing relatives.

It is also common to visit the graves of loved ones to lay flowers and lanterns.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was founded in 1950.

Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was created to encourage children to support other children.

Children taking part in trick-or-treating were given an orange box provided by UNICEF to collect donations for children in need. They were encouraged to shout “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!” and collect donations along with candy for themselves.

Since its inception in 1950, the campaign has raised over $180 million USD.

Jack-o’-lanterns scare away the spirit of “Stingy Jack.”

The origin of carving pumpkins in Ireland comes from the myth of Stingy Jack.

According to the myth, Stingy Jack tricked the Devil for money and was neither accepted into Heaven nor Hell after his death.

As a result, he roamed the earth and terrorized humans on Halloween. To scare away his spirit, people began carving faces on vegetables, which eventually led to the creation of jack-o’-lanterns.

The phrase “Trick-or-Treat” was first printed in 1927.

The first time “Trick-or-Treat” was printed was in 1927 in an article in the Blackie, Alberta Canada Herald.

The report described Halloween events in Canada that year and used the term “Trick-or-Treat” to explain the actions of children on Halloween.

Trick-or-treating has been a tradition for many years, but with different names and forms.

Souling was a Halloween tradition in England.

During the 1800s in England, souling was a Christian tradition practiced on All Saints Day.

Soul cakes were baked and given out to “soulers.”

During the middle ages in Britain, “Soulers” would go door to door offering prayers and songs for loved ones’ souls around Halloween and Christmas. In 2010, 8,239 people participated in the biggest Time Warp dance at West Hollywood’s Annual Halloween Carnival, organized by 20th Century Fox to celebrate the 35th anniversary of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”. Apple bobbing, a British tradition, involved finding love by picking out an apple assigned to a potential partner. Witches considered Halloween to be one of the four special nights for witches to celebrate Samhain, a Pagan holiday. Illusionist Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926, and his wife held yearly séances on Halloween for 10 years to communicate with him. Halloween is the second biggest holiday of the year, with more than 172 million Americans celebrating in 2019 and spending around $8.8 billion USD.

According to estimates, consumers spent an average of $86.27 USD on decorations, outfits, and candy for Halloween. Owls were believed to be associated with witches during Medieval Europe, and their hoot was considered a bad omen. This connection has made owls a popular decorative animal at Halloween. The largest pumpkin ever carved weighed over 1,800 lbs and set a world record. While there aren’t many laws dictating Halloween costumes, it is illegal to dress as a nun or priest in Alabama. Halloween parties were encouraged to keep kids off the streets and prevent destructive behavior. In Scotland, a popular Halloween game called “Kale pulling” involved women picking a kale stalk to predict their future lover’s build and wealth.

The biggest Halloween-themed GPS image was created in 2014

In 2014, European automaker “Vauxhall” aimed to set a world record for the debut of their latest model.

As the Vauxhall Corsa is a popular car in the UK, the makers decided to create the largest Halloween-themed collection of images across the country using GPS technology.

Similar to how we use GPS apps to record our running or cycling routes, Vauxhall planned their route to form an image.

The world record for the most people apple bobbing simultaneously

On September 21, 2011, the Ohio-based United Community Healthcare community plan set out to achieve a new record.

They succeeded in gathering 597 people to simultaneously bob for apples, breaking a world record.

The reason why black and orange are associated with Halloween

You may be curious why black and orange are the most prominent colors during Halloween.

Orange is one of the main colors because it represents the fall season when Halloween is celebrated, as well as pumpkins, which are a widely harvested crop during that time.

Black is the other color because it symbolizes death and darkness as summer comes to an end.

The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia

The term Samhainophobia is derived from “Samhain,” which means the end of summer.

The majority of cases of Samhainophobia are caused by a traumatic experience or panic attack related to certain aspects of Halloween.

Exposure to these elements can trigger symptoms such as nausea, anxiety, shaking, and sweating.

When stores start decorating for Halloween, individuals who suffer from Samhainophobia may be exposed to triggering elements.

Puerto Rico hosts the annual Yellow Halloween event

Every year, musicians from far and wide gather in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to celebrate the Yellow Halloween event.

The concert is one of the biggest Halloween events in Puerto Rico and throughout the Americas.

The elaborate party has a different theme every year, but the color yellow is always incorporated into the event.

The event is sponsored by Medalla Light beer, whose yellow-colored logo is the main inspiration for using the color yellow at the event.

Statistically, fewer babies are born on Halloween

When planning to have a child, you may have some say in the date or time of birth.

If you are superstitious about Halloween, you may plan around it.

The low birth rate on Halloween can be attributed not only to this factor but also to the power of willpower in giving birth.

Studies suggest that the human mind can affect hormones, and if the mind is not ready, birth can be delayed for a short period of time in some cases.

A report in Social Science & Medicine notes that birth rates on Halloween in the US are reduced by approximately 11.3% compared to any other day.

Smashing Pumpkins Becomes a Sport in the USA

Every year, after Halloween festivities, there are leftover pumpkins that slowly rot away. However, there is a fun way to dispose of them – pumpkin smashing! This tradition has become a popular sport in the US, with people gathering to drink beer, hang out, and smash pumpkins. In Asheville, North Carolina, the entire community gets together for a day of smashing. The smashed pumpkins are then used as compost for locals. The sport has even led to world records being set, with Ronald Sarchian smashing a total of 49 pumpkins in one minute, breaking the previous record, in Van Nuys, California, USA.

Halloween Traditions Date Back to 4000 B.C.

The celebration of Halloween and related beliefs have been around for an estimated 6,000 years. These traditions are believed to have originated from Ancient Celtic harvest traditions. The Gaelic festival Samhain is considered to be one of the roots of Halloween, with many similarities and thoughts about the veil between life and death being at its thinnest.

Ghosts Gather to Break a World Record

In an attempt to break a world record, 560 people dressed as ghosts on March 24, 2017. The students at Mercy School Mounthawk in Tralee, Ireland, brought in bed sheets to create ghost outfits. Once they were all ready and dressed, they gathered in the school hall to create the world’s largest gathering of ghosts!

Snap Apple: A Traditional Halloween Game

Snap apple is a traditional Halloween game similar to apple bobbing. The game begins by tying an apple to a string by its stem and hanging it at the height of the person who will be attempting to eat it. The challenge is to see who can eat their apple the fastest with their hand behind their back. Unlike apple bobbing, you have to eat the entire apple!

The World’s Largest Haunted House Takes Nearly an Hour to Walk Through

The Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas, was named the “World’s Largest Walkthrough Haunted House” by Guinness World Records in 2015. Built inside an abandoned meat packing factory, the total length of the walk-through house is 2,261 ft. (689 m), and it takes around 50 minutes to walk through.

Trick-or-Treating is Only for Children in Missouri

In Bellville, Missouri, trick-or-treating is only allowed for children. There is a blanket rule that only children in or below the eighth grade, or those aged 13 to 14 years old, can ask for candy while trick-or-treating.

The Record for the Most Jack-o’-Lanterns Lit Together is 30,581

The City of Keene, New Hampshire, USA, broke the Guinness World Record for the most jack-o’-lanterns lit at the same time on October 19, 2013. The record was set with 30,581 lit jack-o’-lanterns.

The City of Keene, Let it Shine Inc. broke the record for the most jack-o’-lanterns lit at the same time, which they originally held and have broken eight times. However, there is another record for most jack-o’-lanterns lined up in a row, which was broken by River Dart Country Park in the UK on November 1, 2019, with a total of 4,164 carved pumpkins. In Mexico City, the world’s largest synchronized Thriller dance took place on August 29, 2009, with 13,597 people participating just in time for Halloween and two months after Michael Jackson’s death. Ghost Ranch in New Mexico claimed to be the home of the world’s oldest ghost, Vivaron the snake demon, which has been sighted numerous times since the 1500s. The world’s largest temporary corn maze was made in Dixon, California, USA, in 2014, covering 60 acres (242,811 sq. m). In Belgium, lighting a candle on Halloween as a mark of respect to the dead was an old tradition, while in London, Britmums broke the record of wrapping 51 people as mummies in just three minutes during a Halloween party. The Village Halloween Parade in New York’s Greenwich Village is the biggest Halloween parade in the US, initiated in 1973.

Every year, millions of people gather to watch the largest parade in the world, with an average of 2 million spectators and 50,000 participants.

The parade is open to anyone who wants to join, and no tickets are required, making it a spontaneous event.

Despite its size, the parade is not the largest Halloween gathering in the world.

On Halloween, the average person collects about 7,000 calories from trick-or-treating, while Americans consume about 3.4 pounds of candy, equivalent to 3 cups of sugar.

Children alone consume up to 7,000 calories, equivalent to 13 Big Macs!

Each year, Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween, equivalent to 6 ships the size of the Titanic.

Many US shelters prohibit the adoption of black cats on Halloween due to fears for their safety.

Like during Christmas, shelters are often overwhelmed with unwanted pets around Halloween, and many refuse to rehome black cats to avoid potential harm.

Some individuals use black cats for decorations or even in rituals, leading to low adoption rates and high euthanasia rates for these cats.

However, some shelters take advantage of this time of year and do not impose any restrictions.

The world’s largest collection of clowns is owned by Ortrud Kastaun of Germany.

Ortrud Kastaun, also known as “Orty,” overcame alcoholism by collecting clowns, which she views as positive characters.

In 2012, she broke the Guinness World Record by owning 2,053 different clown models.

She sleeps with hundreds of clowns smiling at her every night.

The word “bonfire” originated from burning bones during the Samhain festival.

During the Samhain festival, a bonfire was used to mark the end of summer and ensure a good crop for the following year by burning bones and crop cuttings.

The term “bonfire” was created by combining “bone fire.”

In Sweden, Halloween is celebrated by visiting graveyards and loved ones.

In Sweden, graveyards are often situated in natural surroundings such as forests and woodlands. A popular Halloween tradition in the country involves visiting the graves of loved ones with family and placing candles on the graves. The evening is spent in the company of family members and memories of the lost loved ones. Unlike other Halloween traditions, there is no trick-or-treating or dressing up involved.

Stephen Clarke holds the world record for carving a pumpkin in just 16.47 seconds. Clarke, a two-time Guinness World Record holder, has achieved both records with pumpkins. He holds the record for carving a complete face with eyes, nose, mouth, and ears on a pumpkin in the fastest time. Additionally, he carved exactly one ton of pumpkins in a record-breaking time of 3 hours, 33 minutes, and 49 seconds, achieving the record at Harrah’s Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

In China, Halloween is not widely celebrated, but the festival for hungry ghosts, called Zhongyuan, is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th lunar month. The festival is an occasion to worship ancestors and is an important time of the year. Despite the introduction of westernized Halloween parties to China, the traditional festival is still widely observed.

The largest gathering of zombies was recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, on October 11, 2014, with 15,458 zombies participating in a bar crawl. This event was organized to break the world record for the largest gathering of zombies, which still holds as of 2020.

Halloween costumes traditionally included ghosts, pumpkins, skeletons, and witches. However, in the 1960s, the trend of “sexy” Halloween costumes emerged, and Halloween became an opportunity to dress up as anyone or anything. In the 1990s, Halloween costumes were even designed based on recent celebrity events, film releases, and scandals.

In Hollywood, the use, possession, or distribution of silly string on Halloween is outlawed, and offenders may be fined $1,000 USD and/or imprisoned for six months. This law applies from 12.01 a.m. on October 31 to 12.00 p.m. on November 1.

In 2004, a law was introduced in response to vandalism that resulted in thousands of dollars of damage to buildings and vehicles in the city. Meanwhile, in Germany, trick-or-treating, known as “Süßes oder Saures,” only started in the 1990s and has since become a popular tradition. Bats are often associated with Halloween due to their connections to vampires and witches, with bat blood even being used in potions. In Dubai, the Wild Wadi Waterpark holds an annual masquerade ball for Halloween and trick-or-treating has become accepted in some areas. The largest Halloween gathering on record was held in New Orleans in 2010, with 17,777 participants. However, giving birth on Halloween is considered bad luck according to old wives’ tales. Finally, in Virginia, over 1,000 people dressed as vampires in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record.

Kings Dominion theme park in Doswell, Virginia, USA, held a successful world record attempt as a marketing campaign to promote their haunted-themed entertainment and rides at the start of October. As of 2020, they still hold the record. In Mexico, there is an island filled with creepy dolls, making it a spooky place to visit during Halloween. Legend has it that a caretaker hung up dolls as a mark of respect for a drowned little girl whose body he found. The dolls on the island have been known to move and change positions. Burning nuts on the fire to tell the future was an old Halloween tradition in Scotland. Candy corn is a popular Halloween treat, with around three-quarters of its annual production purchased for the holiday. During World War II, Halloween was canceled in 1942 due to the rationing of sugar and lack of resources for sweet treats. Finally, the first-ever Zombie walk event was organized in 2000 by Gen Con in Milwaukee, and it has since become a popular Halloween activity.

Celebrating Halloween on Sundays is illegal in Rehoboth, Delaware.

Most cities worldwide celebrate Halloween on October 31st, but in Rehoboth, Delaware, it is against the law to celebrate Halloween if it falls on a Sunday. Instead, it must be celebrated on the day before Halloween. Rehoboth also has a rule that trick-or-treating can only happen from 6-8 pm.

Two spirits were exorcised and sold online in New Zealand in 2010.

While decorating our homes with spooky-themed items is common during Halloween, have you ever considered buying a real ghost to scare your visitors? In 2010, Avie Woodbury auctioned two ghosts that were exorcised from her home in Christchurch, New Zealand. She placed them in glass vials that were dipped in holy water. The spirits were said to be of a man who lived in her house and a little girl who visited. The ghosts were sold for $2,000 New Zealand Dollars (1,395 USD), and the money raised was donated to animal welfare charities.

You can attend a Halloween party in Dracula’s castle.

Can you imagine celebrating Halloween in Dracula’s castle? This has become an annual event in recent years, with G Adventures booking Brans Castle in Transylvania, Romania, to host a spectacular Halloween party. Brans Castle is said to have been Dracula’s home. Although most of Romania does not celebrate Halloween, Dracula’s hometown throws some of the most haunting parties.

The first villain scarecrow appeared in Batman comics in 1941.

Scarecrows have always been used in the fall season to scare off crows from crops. Once the crops are harvested, scarecrows are the only thing left on the horizon of cornfields, creating a lonely and eerie scene. They have become popular on Halloween due to horror movies and comics using scarecrows as the evil characters that haunt those left in cornfields. The first villain scarecrow was the character named “Scarecrow” in the 1941 Batman comic. Films such as the 1988 “Scarecrow” and the 2001 Jeepers Creepers have used this idea. Scarecrows were originally designed to scare away birds, but now they have evolved to scare people too!

“Trunk-or-Treating” started in the 1990s as an alternative to Trick-or-Treating.

“Trunk-or-treating” began in the mid-1990s in the US as an alternative way of celebrating Halloween. It became popular in areas where houses are far apart or where neighbors don’t know each other. The trend began with parents setting up Halloween displays in the trunks of their cars in school or community car parks. The trend has become so popular that some stores now sell products to decorate your trunk!

In 2016, clown masks were banned during Halloween.

2016 was known as “The Great Clown Scare” because of an unusual number of suspicious clown sightings worldwide. As a result, clown masks were banned during Halloween that year.

Numerous countries were impacted by spooky sightings that were supposedly part of a promotion for a new horror movie. The issue arose when people dressed as clowns began hanging around schools and forests, causing global concern. Measures were taken, including the prohibition of selling clown costumes and wearing clown outfits and masks in certain areas. All clown masks and outfits were removed from stores for Halloween 2016 to ensure public safety.

Contrary to popular belief, there have been no cases of strangers plotting to harm children who go trick-or-treating at Halloween. The rumor of razor blades in apples and poisoned candy is a myth and serves as a reminder of food contamination and children’s safety laws. There has only been one case where a parent poisoned their child’s candy after taking out a life insurance policy in their name.

The tradition of carving Jack-o’-lanterns out of pumpkins originates from an Irish custom of carving turnips. Turnips were carved to ward off Jack’s soul, and when Irish immigrants moved to the US, they began using pumpkins instead. Celebrating Halloween in Jordan is illegal, as it is not celebrated by Muslim communities. Although younger generations are becoming interested in the customs of Halloween, any involvement is advised to be subtle and low-key.

From 1900 to 1915 in the US, it became customary to send postcards to loved ones at special times of the year, including Halloween. Companies began selling Halloween-themed postcards, depicting witches, goblins, and pumpkins. However, the trend started to die out around 1915 with the introduction of the home telephone.

October 30 is sometimes referred to as “mischief night” because it is said that the gates to hell open on this day.

On the night before Halloween, also known as “cabbage night,” people tend to engage in wild behavior and vandalism. The origins of this tradition are unclear, but it may be related to pranks played on May Day in the UK. Some believe that the gates of hell open on October 30, allowing evil to roam free in preparation for Halloween. While this tradition occurs on various dates around the world, in the US it takes place on October 30, while in England it is observed on November 5, also known as Guy Fawkes Night.

Halloween is the ideal time to release horror movies, and the Saw franchise is the most successful Halloween film series of all time. The highest-grossing Halloween movie is Saw III, which earned $33.6 million in the US by October 31, 2006. The series as a whole is the highest-grossing horror film, with a total of $733,271,976 earned from all six movies.

Pennsylvania is home to the world’s largest Ouija board, located in the Grand Midway Hotel in Windber. This haunted hotel is a popular Halloween destination, drawing visitors from all over the world to experience its unique and eerie interior. The hotel’s annual Halloween party is the perfect way to experience the atmosphere.

In Ireland, Barmbrack is a traditional baked treat enjoyed during Halloween. This bread or cake is baked with special treats hidden inside, such as rings, coins, a pea, a stick, or cloth. These items have different meanings for the person who receives them, with a pea indicating they will not marry that year. Barmbrack was seen as a form of fortune-telling on Halloween.

Witches have long been a popular Halloween costume, traditionally featuring a black pointed hat and broomstick. However, the green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West from the 1939 film The Wonderful Wizard of Oz inspired a new trend in green witch costumes. Finally, in the UK, 2,018 people came together to create the world’s largest gathering of skeletons.

In preparation for Halloween, 2,018 individuals dressed up as skeletons on October 8, 2011, and gathered at Swansea University in Wales for an event hosted by Jokers Masquerade. This event was established to break the record for the most individuals dressed as skeletons in one location, and as of 2020, the record still stands.

The British Tradition of “Scrying” on Halloween

“Scrying” is a traditional Halloween practice in Britain that involves staring into a dimly lit room’s mirror to see your future husband’s face. If you see a skull, it is believed that you will die before marriage. Dabbling in various forms of divination is common during Halloween festivities.

The Popularity of Boxed Costumes in the 1950s

Costumes have become a significant aspect of Halloween, and the first boxed costumes were made in the 1900s. Collegeville Costume Company was one of the first to manufacture boxed costumes based on popular Halloween characters, making them more affordable to everyone. After World War II, mass production made boxed costumes even more accessible to consumers, and they became increasingly popular in the 1950s.

Bogie Books: The First Halloween Texts

Dennison Manufacturing Co. began publishing “Bogie Books” in the early 1900s, which contained Halloween-themed decoration and costume ideas using crepe paper. They also included ghost stories and game ideas. Dennison Manufacturing Co. and Beistle Company of Shippensburg, PA, were among the first companies to produce paper Halloween decorations, expanding their businesses in the mid-1900s.

Strange Halloween Laws in Britain

The Witchcraft Act of 1735 banned hunting, execution, and accusation of witches in Britain, but it also prohibited the consumption of pork-related pastries or pies on Halloween. Why this specifically was outlawed is unknown, but the law was not repealed until the 1950s, making it legal to consume these treats on Halloween.

Dressing Up Pets for Halloween

In 2018, the National Retail Federation reported that approximately 30 million people in the US purchased Halloween costumes for their pets, making it a popular tradition among pet owners.

In the US, it was estimated that around $480 million USD was spent on pet accessories in 2018. The top choices for dog costumes during Halloween are pumpkins, hot dogs, and bumblebees. This holiday is gaining popularity worldwide and is centered around similar themes. It marks the onset of winter and darkness in the Northern Hemisphere and is believed to be a time when the veil between worlds is the thinnest. Halloween is a time to remember our ancestors, celebrate life, and indulge in candy. We hope you found these 100 Halloween facts informative, which one surprised you the most?

FAQ

1. What is the origin of Halloween?

Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31st. The Celts believed that on this night, the boundary between the world of the living and the dead became blurred, and ghosts of the dead returned to earth. To ward off evil spirits, people would light bonfires and wear masks and costumes.

2. Why do people carve pumpkins on Halloween?

The tradition of carving pumpkins on Halloween originated from an Irish legend about a man named Stingy Jack, who tricked the devil and was doomed to wander the earth with only a carved-out turnip to light his way. When Irish immigrants arrived in America, they discovered that pumpkins were much easier to carve than turnips, and the tradition of carving pumpkins was born.

3. What is the significance of black cats on Halloween?

Black cats have been associated with Halloween for centuries, and are often considered a symbol of bad luck or witchcraft. In medieval Europe, black cats were believed to be the companions of witches, and were often persecuted during the witch hunts. Today, many people still believe that black cats are unlucky, and some animal shelters even refuse to adopt out black cats during the month of October.

4. What is the most popular Halloween costume?

According to a survey conducted by the National Retail Federation, the most popular Halloween costume for adults in 2020 was a witch, followed by a vampire and a cat. For children, the most popular costume was a superhero, followed by a princess and a ghost.

5. What is the history of trick-or-treating?

The tradition of trick-or-treating can be traced back to the medieval practice of “souling,” in which poor people would go door-to-door on All Souls’ Day (November 2nd) asking for food in exchange for prayers for the dead. In America, the practice of trick-or-treating became popular in the 1920s and 1930s, and has since become a Halloween tradition.

6. What is the world record for the largest pumpkin?

The world record for the largest pumpkin was set in 2020 by a grower in Belgium, who grew a pumpkin that weighed 2,624 pounds (1,190 kilograms). The previous record, set in 2016, was 2,624.6 pounds (1,190.5 kilograms).

7. What is the most haunted place in America?

The most haunted place in America is often considered to be the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. The hotel inspired Stephen King’s novel “The Shining,” and is said to be haunted by the ghosts of former guests and employees. Other haunted places in America include the Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana and the Winchester Mystery House in California.

8. What is the most popular Halloween candy?

According to a survey conducted by CandyStore.com, the most popular Halloween candy in America in 2020 was Skittles, followed by Reese’s Cups and M&M’s. Other popular Halloween candies include Snickers, Starburst, and Candy Corn.

9. What is the scariest Halloween movie of all time?

The scariest Halloween movie of all time is subjective and varies from person to person. Some of the most popular and terrifying Halloween movies include “The Exorcist,” “Halloween,” “The Shining,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Whether you prefer classic horror movies or modern thrillers, there is no shortage of spooky films to watch on Halloween.

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