10 Interesting Facts About Halloween

We thought as it’s Halloween (31st October), we’d put together a collection of Halloween facts and fun GIFs for you to enjoy!

Valentine's Choc box

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According to the National Confectioners Associations, Chocolate makes up to 3 quarters of a trick-or-treater’s loot.

Halloween

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Wearing costumes was once a way to hide from ghosts! People would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would think they were spirits too. People would also leave food outside their doors to keep the ghosts happy.

Source: Parents.
Black cat superstition

Three

Cats have been a part of Halloween’s history for centuries. Priests, during the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, used cats as part of a ritual to predict the future

Source: Parents.
pumpkins

Four

People used to carve turnips, potatoes and beets! It wasn’t until Halloween became popular in America, that people used pumpkins instead.

Halloween witch

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The old-English word ‘witch’ means ‘wise woman’. Many believed witches held one of their annual meetings called sabbats on Halloween.

Scared of Halloween

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Samhainophobia believe it or not is the fear of Halloween!

Black-orange Halloween

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Orange and black are the colours mostly associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance which stands for autumn and the harvest. Black is the typical symbol of death and darkness as the festival was once marked the boundaries between life and death.

Halloween trick or treating

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Trick-or-treating has existed since medieval times when young people dressed up and asked for food/money in exchange for poems and songs. Today the tradition has changed to children getting dressed up and asking for sweets.

pumpkins

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The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin

Halloween Skeletons

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Originally, to get a treat you had to perform a dance, songs and plays

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