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Halloween is afoot! September 27, 2008

Posted by texasheartland in funny, Halloween, holidays, learning, Pop culture, Popular, random, thoughts.
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I know it’s not even October yet and here I am talking about Halloween. For me, this is a yearly thing. On MySpace, I post a series of Halloween blogs that range from horror movie trailers to facts to stupid shit. Why should this year be any different? Well, it won’t! I wanted to share some facts (along with my commentary) that you may or may not know about the beloved Hallowe’en!

Since 1995, trick or treating in the town of Sandusky, Ohio, has been against the law for anyone older then 14. (Aww, but why?? I want free candy!)

It is very rare for a full moon to occur at the same time as Halloween. It has only occurred in – 1925, 1944, 1955, and 1974. The next time it is said to occur is 31 October, 2020. (Damn, that’s a long time! But that would be awesome!)

The word Halloween appeared in the Dictionary in the 1700s. (It took THAT long?)

Dunking for apples arose from a practice of divining the future. It was believed that if you could hold an apple between your teeth you would have a fulfilling romance with whomever you choose. (Then why are a lot of people still single?)

According to ancient superstitions, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you’ll see your future spouse. (Not true… you only see a vampire.)

The pumpkin is one of the best sources of Vitamin A. (Who wants more pumpkin pie?)

Halloween is correctly spelt as Hallowe’en. (And whoever wrote this cannot spell. It’s SPELLED. What the hell is “spelt”?)

When Christianity came to England and the rest of Europe, 1 November became All Saints Day – a day dedicated to all those saints who didn’t have a special day of their own. They performed a mass called ‘All hallows mass’ and the night before became known as All Hallows E’en and eventually Hallowe’en or Halloween.  (If you say so.)

When the Romans conquered England, they merged Samhain with their own festivals, a harvest festival called Poloma, and a celebration for the dead called Feralia. (I prefer Samhain.)

In Mexico, they celebrate El Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead starting the evening of October 31. (I’ve learned about this. It’s pretty cool!)

It is thought that the colours orange and black became Halloween colours because orange is associated with harvests (Halloween marks the end of harvest) and black is associated with death. (“Thought” being the keyword. They actually have deeper meanings.)

Black cats were originally believed to protect witches’ powers from negative forces. (True, and how they became “bad” luck still escapes me.)

A pumpkin is really a squash, and comes from the same family as the cucumber. (Well, duh! Look at it!)

About 99% of pumpkins sold are used as Jack O’ Lanterns at Halloween. (Ya think?)

The biggest pumpkin in the world tipped the scales at a whopping 1,446 pounds. This gigantic gourd was weighed in October 2004 at a pumpkin festival in Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada. (Holy hell!)

The record for the fastest pumpkin carver in the world is Jerry Ayers of Baltimore, Ohio. He carved a pumpkin in just 37 seconds! (I wonder what it looked like. 37 seconds and detailed? We shall see.)

The very first jack o’ lantern was made out of hollowed out turnips. (Yummy!)

Ringing a bell scares evil spirits away. (Yes, and Pagans still use it in rituals.)

If you see a spider on this night, it could be the spirit of a dead loved one who is watching you. (Don’t tell my sister that!)

To meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night. (Or just type in Wiccan community in Google.)

If your pumpkin lantern shrivels up, you can restore it by soaking it overnight in water to re hydrate it. (Or make pumpkin pie out of the innards.)

Of all the candy sold annually, one quarter of it is sold during Halloween time (September – November 10) making it the sweetest holiday of the year. (Next to… what, Christmas?)

Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America. (Let’s do the Tootsie Roll!)

The number one candy of choice for Halloween is Snickers. (My favorite!)

There are an estimated 106 million potential treat-or-treat stops. (My house included.)

– Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday, beat out only by Christmas. (Well, duh!!!)

– The U.S. consumer spends upwards of $1.5 billion on Halloween costumes annually and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween paraphernalia, such as decorations, crafts, etc. More than $100,000 of that is said to be spent online. (I can see why. They have better costumes.)

– Candy sales in the U.S. for Halloween average $2 billion annually. (Only $2 billion? Somehow, I expected it to be higher.)

– Halloween is the third biggest party day of the year behind New Year’s and Super Bowl Sunday, respectively. (FOOTBALL!)

– 86% of Americans decorate their homes at Halloween. (That’s a pretty big percentage!)

Halloween is the 8th largest card sending holiday. The first Halloween greeting is dated back to early 1900 and today consumers spend around $50 million dollars on Halloween cards each year. (Can anyone guess the largest card sending holiday?)

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