10 Fun and Strange Things You May Not Know About Halloween
10. What’s with all the black and orange at Halloween?
The colors actually have relevance to the second most commercially lucrative holiday in the world, and it’s not simply to counter the bright cheer that comes with the foremost commercial beast that is Christmas.
Orange is a symbol of the harvest (along with gold and brown and yellow), and is associated with strength and endurance. It represents the season of Autumn and the harvest. Black is often associated with death and darkness and serves to remind that Halloween has been a time when celebrations marking the thin line between life and death are observed.
9. Halloween is a night to find a husband, apparently.
Remember our post about a favorite Halloween game “Bloody Mary“, and an alternate version of the game where young girls walk up the stairs backward with a mirror to catch a glimpse of their future husband? Well, Scottish girls used to believe they could see their future husband by hanging a wet sheet in front of a fire on Halloween night.
But what if they didn’t like the choice the fire revealed? We suppose they could simply chunk the sheet in the fire, let it burn, and start over! Ha!! (If only it were that simple, right?)
8. According to this legend, this is a great night to see a witch!
Another popular Halloween game or tradition attempted by many a frightened tweenager throughout the years is the legend that if you wear your clothes inside-out, and walk backward on Halloween night, you will see a witch at midnight.
Our guess is that you will simply be uncomfortable and perhaps trip. And that would be funny! 🙂
7. Which came first, the Turnip or the Pumpkin?
In Ireland and other European countries, it was the turnip that was traditionally carved, instead of the pumpkin. Those who came to America switched to the native pumpkin as it was more readily available, and easier to carve.
Due to its ease of use and popularity, the machines of mass marketing began to churn and pumpkins became accessible worldwide and the favorite of ghosts and goblins everywhere!
6. Give Me Chocolate or Give Me…Just Give Me Chocolate!
According to studies (Really? Studies on this stuff…sheez!), chocolate is the preferred candy for over 72% of trick-or-treaters. The favorite confection will comprise over 75% of candy in a trick-or-treaters bag.
Interestingly enough, it is reported as of 2012 that Hershey’s Company’s Reese’s won the #1 Halloween candy spot with sales of just under $510 million. M&M’s was #2 with $500.82 million, and Snickers came in at a paltry #3 at $456.91 million.
Considering Americans alone purchase nearly 600 million pounds, and about 2 billion dollars worth, of candy per year for Halloween (that’s roughly 16 billion fun-sized Snickers bars), there’s a whole lotta’ chocolate flowing in October!
5. William Shatner IS Michael Meyers…or is it the other way around?
The 1978 scare-fest known as “Halloween” was made in a quick 21 days. With such a low budget to work with, the creators used the cheapest mask they could find. This happened to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. A bit of paint, hairspray and reshaped eye holes and voila! you have Michael Meyers.
Years later, when William Shatner discovered it was his face in the mask, he said he was honored. Awww…how touching.
4. Pumpkins Galore!
We love pumpkins, and especially those pumpkins made into works of art by carving geniuses.
On October 19, 2013, the most lit jack-o’-lanterns on display at one time happened in the city of Keene, New Hampshire. The number: 30,581.
Care to take on the challenge?
Apparently this is quite an event to attend. If you’ve ever been, let us know. This may be one of those “bucket list” items to experience.
We know what the residents of Keene, NH will be having for Thanksgiving desert! 🙂
3. Halloween has been around a while…a long while.
Halloween is one of the oldest holidays celebrated and is a global event. The celebration was initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals, with possible pagan roots, particularly the Gaelic Samhain. Of course, there are many religions and cultures laying claim to this holiday and its beginnings.
It is believed that Halloween began in Ireland about 2,000 years ago. However, some Halloween historians (wouldn’t that be a cool job?!) mark Halloween’s launch about 4000 B.C., which would make it over 6,000 years old.
Regardless, it is well-observed and has been for a very long time by a lot of people. We wonder what the costumes were 6,000 years ago, or even what the candy was like 2,000 years ago…?
2. This Haunted holiday and the candy industry had it’s day in court influencing Daylight Savings Time.
Apparently we needed the extra hour of daylight for the kiddos to collect even more candy (which means forcing people to purchase more candy in order to meet the demand).
It was such an important aim that during the 1985 hearings on Daylight Savings, they put pumpkins on the seat of ever senator according to NPR. The industry disputed this claim however. (Of course they did.)
Guess we’ll never really know, but who cares? Trick-or-treating will happen, with or without an extra hour of sun. Let it be known!
1. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
Just thought you should know…BOO! Hehe.
Do you have any interesting facts or trivia about Halloween? Let us know.
Happy Halloween 2014!