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Is Halloween more Irish that St Patricks Day?


Halloween (All Hallow's Eve) is more Irish than St. Patrick's Day. Halloween's origins come from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain.” Celts believed the ghosts of the dead roamed Earth on this holiday, so people would dress in costumes and leave “treats” out on their front doors to appease the roaming spirits. The wearing of costumes was also believed to allow one to hide from the souls wandering around in your home.


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Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the "darker half" of the year and is the festival that became Halloween as we know it. Here's a look at the importance of Samhain in the Celtic calendar and Irish folklore.

The Celts believed the year was divided into two parts, the lighter half in the summer and the darker half in the winter. Samhain, or Halloween as it is now called, was the division between these halves. The Celts believed that the veil between our world and the other world was thinnest at this time. It was believed that spirits of the past could come forth into the current world.


Pumpkin or Turnip?


It was not until mass Irish and Scottish immigration in the 19th century that Halloween became a major holiday in North America. The use of pumpkins for Jack-o'-lanterns only started in America, as they are native to the country. Turnips were usually used in Ireland. The first Jack O Lanterns were actually made from turnips.


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What are the Halloween Colors?

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Black


Black is the color of death and Halloween is a time when the veil between the spirit world and the living is thin. Historically the Celts and Druids celebrated Samhain and welcomed the spirits of their ancestors. At the same time of year in Mexico they celebrate Dia de Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Halloween is celebrated at night so naturally it’s associated with the color black. There are many black creatures and items associated with All Hallow’s Eve as well: black cats, spiders, bats, witches, the Grim Reaper, a vampire’s cape and cauldrons to name a few.


Orange


Orange is the polar opposite of black. It is a lively color that celebrates life and the bounty of the Autumn harvest. Orange is the color of fire cutting through the darkness of night. Orange is warm and positive. Many leaves turn orange during Fall and pumpkins and jack o’lanterns, popular Halloween symbols, are also orange.


Red


Red is another color that is often associated with Halloween, especially now with the current popularity of vampires. Red blood is seen dripping from vampire lips and the victim’s throat. Or it could be a bottle of True Blood. Blood is a key ingredient in witch’s potions and voodoo magic. A Devil’s contract is typically sealed with blood.


White


White a ghastly color and associated with purity and light, on Halloween it takes on a more sinister role. White is the color of bone peeking out from a shallow grave. White is the color of the ghosts that go bump in the night. White is the color of moonlight glinting off a werewolf’s tooth. White is the color of lightening flashing through the sky. It’s also the color of the mad scientist’s lab coat.


Purple


Purple a witches brew has recently become a popular Halloween color representing the supernatural and all things mystical. Purple is the color of the seventh chakra which represents the third eye and clairvoyance. The color purple is often associated with witches. Throughout history witches have been depicted all dressed in black but in modern times you will often find witch costumes with purple and black stripes. Witch hats may be solid purple or have a purple brim and sometimes witches have purple streaks through their hair as well as purple eye shadow and lipstick.


Green


Monsters and Slime. Although not a traditional Halloween color green has certainly earned its place among all things spooky and scary. Goblins and monsters are often green. So is alien blood. Green is the color of slime and sometimes ghostly ectoplasm is green. Green is the color of glow-in-the-dark objects used for Halloween decorations. Green is also the color of demon eyes. An eerie green mist is a frightening phenomenon that lets you know somehow everything is wrong.


Trick or Treat?


Trick-or-treating is a Halloween custom for children in many countries. Children in costumes travel from house-to-house, asking for treats with the phrase "Trick or treat".


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The "treat" is usually some form of candy, although, in some cultures, money is used instead. The "trick" is a usually idle threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating usually occurs on the evening of October 31. Some homeowners signal that they are willing to hand out treats by putting up Halloween decorations outside their doors; others simply leave treats available on their porches for the children to take freely.


Originally, you had to dance for your "treat" Most experts trace trick-or-treating to the European practice of “mumming,” or “guysing,” in which costume-wearing participants would go door-to-door performing choreographed dances, songs and plays in exchange for treats. According to Elizabeth Pleck’s “Celebrating The Family,” the tradition cropped up in America, where it would often take place on Thanksgiving. In some early versions of trick-or-treating, men paraded door-to-door, and boys often followed, begging for coins. Most of these early trick-or-treaters were poor and actually needed the money, but wealthy children also joined in the fun. Door-to-door “begging” was mostly stopped in the 1930s, but re-emerged later in the century to distract kids from pulling Halloween pranks.


Which holidays sell the most candy?


Trumped by Halloween, Easter is known as the second best-selling candy holiday in the nation. Americans spend an average of $2 billion on Halloween candy, $1.9 billion on Easter candy, $1.4 billion on Christmas candy and $1 billion on Valentine's Day candy.


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How much Trick or Treat candy is sold?


Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween. An incredible 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week, taking a strong lead compared to other holidays.


Favorite Trick or Treat candy?


Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
Americans purchase over 20 million pounds of Candy Corn each year. Candy corn has been made with the same recipe by the Jelly Belly Candy Company since around 1900.

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The Halloween candy of choice is subjective and varies from state to state in the US. At one point Snickers was rated a top favorite. But Kit Kat, Hershey Bars, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups and M & M's are also rated in at the top.

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Are witches smart?


The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman." In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.


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Which costume will be most popular in 2018?


Depends on who you listen to. The Incredibles, Black Panther, Boss Baby, Dinosaur will be at the top. Action character or superhero are most likely to be seen often also. Witch, vampire, zombie and pirate costumes will be the adult favorites according to National Retail Federation. NRF is expecting 9 Billion dollars will be spent in 2018 on candy, decorations and costumes.


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Star Trek?


Halloween Fun Fact: Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didnt know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.


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Headless Horseman?


Washington Irving wrote the short story titled "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Sleepy Hollow State Park north of Lansing Michigan has reported the Headless Horseman has been there.


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How big do pumpkins grow?


The pumpkin originated in Mexico about 9,000 years ago. It is one of America's oldest known vegetables. Pumpkins generally weigh from 15-to-30 pounds, although some weigh as much as 200 pounds. The majority of pumpkins are orange, but they also can be white, yellow or striped. They are rich in vitamin A, beta-carotene and potassium, and their seeds provide protein and iron. The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.


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How long does it take to carve a pumpkin?


How long does it take to carve a pumpkin? Stephen Clarke holds the record for the worlds fastest pumpkin carving time: 24.03 seconds, smashing his previous record of 54.72 seconds. The rules of the competition state that the pumpkin must weigh less than 24 pounds and be carved in a traditional way, which requires at least eyes, nose, ears, and a mouth. This is a picture of a pumpkin I carved placed inside another carved pumpkin.


picture of a carved pumpkin in a carved pumpkin

Largest Pumpkin Pie


The biggest pumpkin pie on record was 20 feet in diameter and weighed 3,699 pounds. It was baked by the New Breman Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio in 2010, breaking their own previous world's record of 2,020 pounds. The ginormous orange pie contained 1,212 pounds of pumpkin, 2,796 dozen eggs, 109 gallons of evaporated milk, 525 pounds of sugar, 7 pounds of salt, and 14.5 pounds of cinnamon.


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Are Black cats spooky?


How did black cats come to represent bad luck and spookiness in the United States? It all started with the Pilgrims in the Plymouth colony. The Puritan Pilgrims distrusted anything associated with witches and sorcery, including black cats. They actively persecuted black cats – it became a practice to burn black cats on Shrove Tuesday to protect the home from fire. After the anti-witch zeal had subsided in the colonies, black cats had been thoroughly cemented in popular legend right alongside witches. Decorators use them as a Halloween symbol, both alongside witches and independently, to add a frightful, unnerving ambience to their front steps, their green eyes spooking trick-or-treaters.
But if you’re really feeling the holiday spirit this Halloween, consider adopting a black cat from an animal shelter or rescue service.


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Is Halloween Magical?


Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by three stomach punches


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Day of the Dead!


Mexico celebrates the Days of the Dead (Das de los Muertos) on the Christian holidays All Saints Day (November 1) and All Souls Day (November 2) instead of Halloween. The townspeople dress up like ghouls and parade down the street.


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Bonfires on Halloween


During the pre-Halloween celebration of Samhain, bonfires were lit to ensure the sun would return after the long, hard winter. Often Druid priests would throw the bones of cattle into the flames and, hence, "bone fire" became "bonfire."

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Full Moon


It's actually very rare for a full moon to occur on Halloween. Although, it's predicted to occur on 10/31/2020.


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Decorating


86% of Americans decorate their homes in celebration of Halloween.


picture of house decorated in Halloween theme

picture of house decorated in Halloween theme

picture of house decorated in Halloween theme

Biggest Holiday


Halloween is the third biggest party day of the year behind New Year's Eve and Super Bowl Sunday.


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Is Halloween safe?


Due to safety concerns, trunk-or-treating was introduced in 2000 as an alternative to hitting the pavement for candy on Halloween night. Cars are parked in a circle at a school or church parking lot, with event-goers decorating their open trunks and dressing in costume in order to hand out treats.


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But even though candy doesn't pose much of a threat, trick-or-treating does carry safety hazards. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, common Halloween injuries include eye wounds from sharp objects and burns from flammable costumes. ... But the biggest Halloween danger of all is car accidents.

Children are more than twice as likely to be killed by a car while walking on Halloween night than at any other time of the year, according to one safety group.

While tales of poisonous candy and razor blades hidden in apples are about as true as the spookiest of ghost stories, there are still plenty of dangers lurking around Halloween that can send kids to the emergency room.


And this year with around 41 million trick-or-treaters expected could prove particularly treacherous: Halloween falls on a Saturday, when children tend to stay out later and more drunken drivers are likely to be on the roads.


The nature of the holiday alone can make it perilous, as children wear loosefitting costumes they can trip over, candles glowing inside of pumpkins can cause fires and sharp props think sticks or plastic swords can cause eye injuries. Then, of course, there's pumpkin carving, which can cause finger and hand injuries.


Even parents' efforts to make sure their children can be seen in the dark have the potential to backfire. Dr. Henry Spiller, director of the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children's, says kids have gone to the emergency room after ingesting the liquid inside glow sticks that are worn on their wrists or around their necks so they will be visible to drivers in the dark. Children can also break glow sticks, splashing the liquid into their eyes and causing a burning sensation. Schumer asked the agency to do more to test makeup and face paint used for Halloween costumes. In particular, Schumer said in a statement, products made in China can contain heavy metals like lead, nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can be dangerous to children. Emergency departments also see burn victims around Halloween, Ryan says. According to the National Fire Protection Association, decorations were the item first ignited in an estimated average of 920 reported home structure fires per year from 2007 to 2011. The blazes also caused an estimated average of six civilian deaths, 47 civilian injuries and $12.9 million in direct property damage each year.


1st Trick or Treating

The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada.

The first known mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada.

 

Do Scarecrows Scare?

Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.

Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.

 

Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.

Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.

 

Anoka, MN - Halloween Capital


Anoka, Minnesota, is the self-proclaimed Halloween capital of the world.

Anoka, Minnesota, is the self-proclaimed Halloween capital of the world.

Picture of store in Anoka Minnesota showing characters of Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein, Witch, and Ghost

 

NYC Halloween Parade is largest


The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States. The parade includes 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators.

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Silly string use prohibited!


In Hollywood there's a $1000 fine for using silly string on Halloween.

In Hollywood there's a $1000 fine for using silly string on Halloween.

 

Old leftover Halloween Candy?


Have leftover candy? Save it! Hard candy lasts for a year, while chocolate can last up to two.

Have leftover candy?  Save it!  Hard candy lasts for a year, while chocolate can last up to two.

 

Old leftover Halloween Candy?


Eating too much Halloween candy can make give you sick and give you diarrhea. Seriously. Consuming too much candy with fructose and sorbitol can give you diarrhea.

Halloween can give you diarrhea.  Seriously.  Consuming too much candy with fructose and sorbitol can give you diarrhea.

Halloween can give you diarrhea.  Picture of toilet with chocolate smeared around to give you illusion of diarrhea

 

Largest Pumpkin Festival?


About 99% of all pumpkinds sold are used as Jack O' Lanterns for Halloween. Make-a-Wish Foundation was the benefactor of money raised at the 2017 Highwood, Illinois pumpkin carving festival. Their plan was to break the world record of lit Jack O' Lanterns with a goal of 30,851 at their October 6-8 event. The original and current world record holder is held by Keene, New Hampshire. Where the Guiness book of world records shows 30,581 lit Jack O Lanterns were displayed in 2013.

About 99% of all pumpkinds sold are used as Jack 'O Lanterns for Halloween.

About 99% of all pumpkinds sold are used as Jack 'O Lanterns for Halloween.

About 99% of all pumpkinds sold are used as Jack 'O Lanterns for Halloween.

 

3 Biggest Parties


Halloween is the third biggest party day of the year behind New Year's Eve and Super Bowl Sunday.


Pictures of the 3 Biggest parties held each year.

Pictures of the 3 Biggest parties held each year.

Pictures of the 3 Biggest parties held each year.

 

Halloween Cards


Although the cards may be ghoulish, the sentiment is sweet according to Hallmark, Halloween ranks as the sixth most popular card-giving holiday, with 19 million cards sent each year. Christmas comes in first place, with a whopping 1.6 billion cards sent each year.


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Spirits and Ghosts


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.



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Vampire Bats


There really are so-called vampire bats, but they're not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.

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Gargoyles


Many people still believe that gargoyles were created by medieval architects and stone carvers to ward off evil spirits.

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The Witches' Spell


The Witches' Spell by William Shakespeare

Setting: A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.
Enter the three Witches.

1st Witch.

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Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.

2nd Witch.

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Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whined.

3rd Witch.

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Harpier cries: 'Tis time, 'tis time!

Witch.

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Round about the caldron go; In the poison'd entrails throw. Toad, that under cold stone, Days and nights has thirty-one; Swelter'd venom sleeping got, Boil thou first in the charmed pot!

ALL.

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Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

2nd Witch.
Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake; Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

ALL.
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

3rd Witch.
Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf; Witches' mummy; maw and gulf Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark; Root of hemlock digg'd i the dark; Liver of blaspheming Jew; Gall of goat, and slips of yew Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse; Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips; Finger of birth-strangled babe Ditch-deliver'd by a drab, Make the gruel thick and slab: Add thereto a tiger's chaudron, For the ingrediants of our caldron.

ALL.
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

2 Witch.
Cool it with a baboon's blood, Then the charm is firm and good.

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[Enter Hecate (Greek Goddess of Witches, to the other three Witches]
Hecate
O well done! I commend your pains; And every one shall share i' the gains; And now about the cauldron sing, Live elves and fairies in a ring, Enchanting all that you put in.

[Music and a song: 'Black spirits,' etc, Hecate retires]
2nd Witch
By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. Open, locks, Whoever knocks!

 
















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