When witches go riding and black cats are seen
The moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween!
With October 31st fast approaching, I thought I would share some facts and trivia to get you into the Halloween spirit.
- After Christmas, Halloween is the most commercially successful holiday.
- Halloween is the third biggest party day of the year behind New Year’s and Super Bowl Sunday.
- Chocolate bars top the list as the most popular treat with Snickers being the favorite.
- Tootsie rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
- Halloween was once called “The Night of Witches.”
- The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.”
- Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
- In England, black cats are considered good luck and white cats unlucky.
- The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
- Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday. When the immigrants came to America, they found that pumpkins were far more plentiful than turnips, so the Jack o’ Lantern in America was a hollowed-out pumpkin.
- Boston, Massachusetts, holds the record for the most Jack O’Lanterns lit at once (30,128).
- Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.
- Halloween comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve.
- According to superstition, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you will see your future spouse.
Have a Spooktacular Halloween – Eat, drink and be scary-