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Fun Fact: Halloween 2016

  • Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
  • 50% of kids prefer chocolate candy for Halloween. 24% prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% prefer gum.
  • The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
  • There is a $1,000 fine for using or selling Silly-String in Hollywood on Halloween!!
  • Halloween and the candy industry supposedly influenced Daylight Savings time. At the 1985 hearings on Daylight Savings Time, they put candy pumpkins on the seat of every senator.
  • The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.”
  • Donald Trump costumes and Hillary Clinton wigs sold out well before Halloween in 2015.
  • Norm Craven holds the record for the largest pumpkin at 836 pounds.
  • The movie “Halloween” was made on a very limited budget and they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Mr. Shatner said he was honored.
  • Americans spend about $6 billion a year for Halloween.
  • A full moon on Halloween is extremely rare and won’t occur again until the year 2020.
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green – you might use one of these for a monster carving!

It is time for some fun. Have a happy and safe Halloween!