Oct 30, 2015 | First Edition Translations, Miscellaneous, World events


Random facts about Halloween

The roots of one of the most well-known traditions of Halloween, trick-or-treating go back as far as the 16th century, when people dressed up in costumes went from house to house singing and reciting rhymes asking for food. (No candy back then!) Giving them food brought good luck to the household and turning them down was a bad omen.

Jack-o-lanterns were originally made of turnip. It must have been hard work carving them!

Some people have a fear of clowns, some of spiders but there are some unfortunate ones who dread Halloween more than anything else. This fear is called Samhainophobia, from the Celtic name of Halloween, Samhain.

Halloween might turn into a real horror story for some. Apparently, there are twice as many fatal car and pedestrian accidents involving children on Halloween than on any other night! Drive carefully!

On a much sweeter note, according to some estimates, this year $2.1 billion will be spent on Halloween candy in the US only.

And last but not least, apparently 12.9% of US owners are planning to dress up their beloved pets this year. It is said that pumpkin is the most popular choice for the little furries!

Read more: 40 Fun Facts about Halloween, Halloween Statistics