TR Robertson…Tuesday will mark a time celebrated yearly with parties, people dressing in bizarre costumes, children going from door to door expecting to receive some sort of candy treat and people decorating their homes in the most unusual and strange ways, sometimes resembling cemeteries – a holiday we call Halloween. There are some unusual and interesting facts and bits of trivia associated with the origin of this holiday and what goes along with the celebration of the day. Here are a few of the facts and trivia you might find you did not know about this day.
- Orange and black colors are associated with Halloween – orange representing the Fall Harvest and black representing darkness and death.
- Jack o’Lanterns originated in Ireland and were originally from turnips and beets
- Halloween was brought to America by European immigrants
- Tootsie Rolls were the 1st wrapped penny candy handed out at Halloween
- Halloween origins come from the Celtic festival for the dead called Samhain around the 1st century B.C.
- Ancient Celts thought spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night
- In Ireland on Halloween couples would play romantic fortune telling games
- Some early American towns would call Halloween Cabbage Night from a Scottish fortune telling game
- The Count Dracula Society was founded in 1962 by Dr. Donald Reed
- Halloween candy sales average over 2 billion dollars
- Snickers is the #1 Halloween chocolate candy handed out
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday behind Christmas
- Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated as a Roman harvest event
- Black cats are thought to protect witches powers
- Vampire bats live in Central and South America, not Transylvania.
- If you see a spider on Halloween it is thought to be the spirits of a loved one watching over you.
- The earliest Halloween costumes were animal heads and skins.
- Some animal shelters in America do not allow the adoption of black cats before and on Halloween.
- The fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.
- Savannah, Georgia, is considered to be the most haunted city in America.
There are many more, but these will give you a few things to think about. Whatever you do on Halloween, be safe, have a fun and festive time and don’t eat too much candy.