When talking about Halloween, everyone usually thinks it as a children's holiday, where all kids get dressed up in crazy way and go door to door asking for candy. It is among the oldest celebrations in the world. Millions of people celebrate this day without knowing its origins. Facts about Halloween make this holiday more fascinating.
Halloween was started by Celts, who celebrated November 1st as a New Year on their calendar. A festival was held the evening before, on October 31st, in the honor of their Celtic lord “Samhaim” of death. The Celts believed that their "lord of death" would allow dead souls to return to their earthly homes on this day.
Halloween is also known by other names like All Hallows Eve, Samhain, All Hallowtide, The Feast of the Dead, and The Day of the Dead. It's correctly spelled as “Hallowe’en”. Here are some other interesting facts related to Halloween:
- It's thought that orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest & black one is associated with darkness and death.
- A majority of people, 48% believe in ghosts and 22% of Americans say they’ve seen or felt a ghost.
- Each year, over $1.5 billion is spent on costumes and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween paraphernalia.
- 86% of Americans decorate their homes for Halloween and over 10% of pet owners dress up their pets in funny costumes.
- At Halloween, approx. 99% of pumpkins sold are used for Jack O'Lanterns. And the biggest pumpkin in world tipped the scales at a whopping 1,446 pounds. It was weighed October 2004 at a festival in Ontario, Canada.
- It is believed that ringing a bell scares evil spirits away and if you see a spider on Halloween night, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one who's watching you.
- The very first Halloween card was made in early 1920s. Over 28 million Halloween cards are sent each year, these days. U.S. consumers spend about $50 million on greeting cards.