Here are some AMAZING FACTS
about HALLOWEEN
that you probably never knew before!

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1. Not everyone in the world celebrates Halloween, for example, in Australia and France, Halloween is simply an undesirable, hyper-marketed American commercialized money making strategy.

 

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2. So the fact that Halloween is the second most commercialized holiday in America, with Christmas being number one, who can blame those countries for feeling that way?

 

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3. You may wonder…. how successful? Well, Halloween is a $6 billion dollar money making industry.

 

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4. Halloween is believed to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been celebrated for over 6,000 years and is one of the oldest celebrations in the entire world.

 

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5. Halloween is actually the Christian holiday called “All Hallows Eve. Anyhow the Christian occasion likely established itself in the Celtic holiday, Samhein, or various other pre-Christian agricultural harvesting celebrations.

 

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6. Furthermore, Halloween was brought to America by migrants from Europe who would hold a harvest festival around a campfire, telling spooky stories, dancing, singing, and fortune telling.

 

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7. Therefore, a large portion of the traditional Halloween customs have their roots in ancient Celtic beliefs, for instance, the ancient civilization of Celts suspected that spirits and phantoms meandered the farmland on Halloween night. They started wearing masks and scary costumes to abstain from being perceived as people to the evil spirits.

 

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8. The Irish brought the custom of cutting pumpkins into Jack O’Lantern to North America. Surprisingly, the first Jack O’Lantern was not a pumpkin. Pumpkins did not exist in Ireland. Ancient Celtic societies in Ireland cut turnips on All Hallow’s Eve, and put an ash in them, to scare off evil spirits.

Here’s how the Tale goes, A significant number of the stories, focus round Stingy Jack. Here’s the most mainstream story:

Stingy Jack was a hopeless, old drunkard who took joy in playing tricks on pretty much everybody: family, companions, his mother and even the Devil himself. One day, he deceived the Devil into climbing a fruit tree. After the Devil climbed the tree, Stingy Jack quickly put crosses around the base of the tree. Not able to touch a cross, the Devil was trapped in the tree. Stingy Jack made the Devil swear up and down to him not to take his spirit when he kicked the bucket. When the Devil made a guarantee to not to take his spirit, Stingy Jack cleared away the crosses, and the Devil descended out of the fruit tree.

Numerous years after the fact, Jack passed on, he went to the Pearly Gates and was told by Saint Peter that he was mean and pitiless, and had headed a hopeless, Stingy Jack was not permitted to enter Heaven. He then went down to Hell and had to deal with the Devil. The Devil kept his guarantee and would not permit him to enter Hell. Jack was terrified. He had no place to go, however, but to wander about a oblivious Netherworld in the middle of Heaven and Hell. He asked the Demon how he could leave, as there was no light. The Devil threw him a coal from the fires of Hell, to help Stingy Jack find his way. Jack had a Turnip with him. It was one of his most loved foods, and he usually had one with him. Jack burrowed out the Turnip, and put the coal the Devil had provided for him, inside the turnip. From that day forward, Stingy Jack wandered aimlessly about the earth without a resting spot, lighting his path as he ran with his “Jack O’Lantern”.

On All Hallow’s Eve, the Irish dug out Turnips, rutabagas, gourds, potatoes and beets. They put a candle in them to scare off the evil spirits and keep Stingy Jack away. These were the first Jack O’Lanterns. In the 1800’s several waves of Irish immigrants came to America. The Irish settlers immediately found that Pumpkins were greater and simpler to cut out. So they utilized pumpkins for Jack O’Lanterns.

 

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9. In England, Jack-O-Lanterns are generally made using turnips. The Halloween custom came to America through Irish migrants, and since turnips weren’t affordable so the new Americans utilized pumpkins instead.

 

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10. So now we do Pumpkin carving everywhere in America and some other countries around the globe. Many people try to compete with their Pumpkin Carvings. Halloween celebrators in Highwood, Illinois took the world  record in 2011 with 30,919 Jack-O-Lanterns lit at the same time.

 

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11. More surprising facts about the Jack-O-Lantern as per the Guinness Book of World Records, the quickest time to carve a face on a pumpkin is 20.1 seconds, accomplished by David Finkle of the England. David finished the chore on Oct. 7, 2010, while filming a Halloween documentary for BBC Television.

 

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12. Apparently one of our most loved Halloween traditions, Trick-or-treating developed from the old Celtic convention of setting treats and food outside so as to pacify the evil spirits who wandered the streets of Samhain, a sacred celebration that officially marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

 

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13. However before that, there was “Souling”, a medieval Christian precursor to the act of Trick-or-treating in which the poor would go around to houses on Hallowmas (November 1) offering prayers to God for the dead in return for soul cakes.

 

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14. Then again, not everybody is fond of Trick-or-treating, In 2010, Belleville, Illinois, turned into the most recent American city to boycott Trick-or-treating for children in excess of 12. Teenagers can face fines from $100 to $1,000 for going Trick-or-treating.

 

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15. All things considered, most significant urban communities see the tourism profits of major Halloween occasions and Halloween all in all. Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans are the conventional hotspots for celebrating Halloween in the America, with New Orleans bragging of the world record for the biggest Halloween Party with 17,777 people in costumes all at the same time.

 

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16. This is all great stuff… unless you are diagnosed with Samhainophobia  (Fear of Halloween).

 

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17. Also when kids are more than twice as liable to be killed in a car accident by getting hit by a car on Halloween than on any other night, this fear may not be totally insane.

 

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18. Discussing the celebrations, did you realize that the saying “bonfire” comes from Halloween festivities? Amid the pre-Halloween festival of Samhain, bonfires were lit to guarantee the sun would return after the long winters. Frequently, Druid ministers would toss the bones of cows into the blaze and, thus, “bone fire” simply was called “bonfire.”

 

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19. While we’re on the subject of word origins, did you know that the expression “witch” originates from the Old English Wicce, signifying “wise woman.” Truth be told, Wiccan were exceedingly respected individuals at one time and as per mainstream belief, witches held one of their two principle gatherings, or sabbats, on the night of Halloween.

 

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20. However, today, witches are considered to be bad news, their Black Cat pets  also. Black Cats get negative criticism on Halloween in light of the fact that they were once accepted to be witch’s subordinates and defenders of witches’ forces. Nonetheless, in England its the quite the opposite. White Cats are accepted to be bad fortunes and Dark Cats are accepted to bring good luck.

 

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21. Aside from Black Cats, the Owl is likewise a well known Halloween icon. In Medieval Europe, people thought owls were witches, and to hear an owl’s call implied somebody was going to kick the bucket.

 

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22. Furthermore, how about we not disregard the Scarecrow which symbolizes the ancient farming bases of the occasion.

 

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23. Halloween is not generally commended by means of witches, black cats, scarecrows, and pumpkins. Mexico for instance, commends the Days of the Dead (Días de los Muertos) on the Christian holiday All Saint’s Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) rather than Halloween. There the people spruce up like demons and parade down the roads.

 

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24. Sort of arbitrary, yet did you realize that the 1978 motion picture “Halloween” was produced with very little money, to the point that they utilized the least expensive mask that they could find to use for Michael Meyers? Which ended up being a William Shatner Star Trek mask?

 

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25. Sort of incidentally frightening and creepy, Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was a standout amongst the most acclaimed and obscure magicians who ever existed. For some odd reason, he passed on in 1926 on Halloween night as an aftereffect of a ruptured appendix brought on by getting three stomach punches.

 

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Comments
  1. I do think Halloween is rather pointless. I never understood it as a child but always got the free candy, fruit or money. Now its just annoying random people knocking get on your door it’s tantamount to begging yet we don’t give them candy or fruit do we? I do think teenagers take the piss and why do you always have to give treats when it’s trick or treat? Last year I tricked a lot of people and gave them empty choc spread jars. It’s a good way to get rid of stuff you bought but don’t actually like. It was quite funny but I think I’m going to go out each year from now on. At least we don’t need to be 16 to buy eggs from our local asda as I found out when I went to spalding in Lincolnshire.

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