10 Fun Facts about Halloween

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The first day of fall is nearly upon us, and Halloween is just around the corner!  How much do you know about your favorite holiday?  Here are ten fun facts about Halloween:

1.  Did you know that Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween?  The holiday originated there over 2,000 years ago!

2.  Short for “Hallows’ Eve,” Halloween is the evening before All Hallows’ Day, also known as Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day on November 1st.

3.  The colors orange and black are most often associated with Halloween.  A symbol of strength and endurance, orange also denotes the autumn harvest, along with gold and brown.  Black is a symbol of darkness and death, and serves to remind us that in many countries, Halloween is a festival that marks the boundaries between life and death.

4.  Halloween has many names, including All Hallows’ Eve, Lamswool, Witches Night, Snap-Apple Night, Summers End and Samhaim.

5.  An intense, persistent fear of Halloween is known in the scientific community as Samhnainophobia.

6.  Scarecrows symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of Halloween.  Many Halloween games such as bobbing for apples also relate back to the harvest.

7.  World-renowned magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween night from peritonitis, following a ruptured appendix.  Authorities concluded that the ruptured appendix was caused by three blows to the stomach delivered by a misguided fan.

8.  Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota claim to be the Halloween capitals of the world.

9.  The largest Halloween parade in the U.S., the Village Halloween parade draws over 2 million spectators annually and features some 50,000 participants.

10.  Halloween is the fourth highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter.  According to the National Retail Federation, 158 million consumers will participate in Halloween activities, spending an average of $75.03 on décor, costumes and candy.  Total estimated spending is expected to reach $6.9 billion in the United States.

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