We all know that Halloween is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the North America, but just how obsessed are North Americans with this holiday? Here is a list of ten things people did not know about Halloween.
1. Halloween pumpkins
Pumpkins are not only orange; they are white, blue-green and red as well. They basically are just winter squash. If you are ever interested in learning more information about the various pumpkins, search for the “Cinderella” pumpkins, the Blue Hokkaido and the Red Kuri.
Fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia. The fear is named after the original Irish holiday: Samhian Holiday.
3. Trick or treating
Going door to door and trick or treating is similar to an older tradition called “souling”. People below the poverty line would go house to house asking for food. In Ireland, trick or treating was used to gain candy and other goods. If no goods were given, a trick was played.
4.Samhian Holiday (Irish Halloween)
Halloween is a holiday originating in Ireland. The Irish tried to fend of spirits and ghosts on the Samhian Holiday (Irish Halloween). When Irish immigrants migrated to North America they brought their Halloween traditions with them.
5. Halloween – one of the most successful commercial holidays
Second to Christmas, Halloween is one of the most successful commercial holidays. Businesses make around $2 million on candy, decorations and costumes in just the United States.
6. Halloween costumes
More than 60% of all Halloween costumes sold in the U.S. are to adults. Kids younger than 13 are thus not the only ones celebrating the holiday. Young adults over the age of 18 are just as into the holiday as the children.
7. Halloween – the third largest party day
Halloween is the third largest party day after New Year’s Eve and Superbowl Sunday.
Consumers in America in 2006 spent around $64 on the holiday and around $59 in 2005.
Jack-O’Lantern was not originally used synonymously with Halloween. It was used to describe a night watchman in 1663. Only in the 19th century, it became synonymous with Halloween and pumpkin carving and lighting.
9. Halloween colors
The traditional Halloween colors are black and orange—black symbolizing darkness, and orange symbolizing the harvest.
10. Halloween candy
25% of all candy sold annually in the United States is sold on Halloween.
Special thank you goes out to Greeting Card Universe for helping us put this list together
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