Sunday, October 09, 2005

Googled: Amazing Haloween Facts

I went to see the self-destruction of the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field today. It was a fine display of ineptitude by both teams. It was nice to be able to yell joyous sounds at a football game for a change. So that's what I did today. Now I feel ill.
I do not know much about Halloween, so I am going to find some stuff out and share it with YOU!
  • The very first jack o' lantern was made out of a turnip. (
  • 86.9 percent of consumers over the age of 45 will spend their Halloween night at home and hand out candy. (
  • In Scotland, children or guisers are likely to recite "The sky is blue, the grass is green, may we have our Halloween" instead of "trick or treat!", they will then have to impress the members of the houses they visit with a song, trick, joke or dance in order to earn their treats (wikipedia)
  • This is an evil night when spirits roamed the streets and villages. Lord Samhain, the lord of Darkness, would arrive in search of the spirits to take them to the underworld. (
  • Hallowe’en is a relatively new holiday in the United States with the first major celebrations taking place in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921. This was followed by New York in 1923 and Los Angeles in 1925. The US was also responsible for the practice of ‘Trick or Treating’ which is said to represent the fairies who went begging door-to-door on Samhain. Those who gave food were rewarded whilst those who refused to help would be in for a hard winter. (
  • In Mexico, they celebrate El Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead starting the evening of October 31. (
  • Legendary magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix on Halloween in 1926. (
  • 86% of Americans decorate their homes for Halloween. (
  • Bobbing for apples’ is played around a tub of water with floating apples; the winner is the first one to pick up an apple with their teeth. Traditionally, the winner was predicted to be the next to get married. (
  • Trick or treating’ has other Old World influences in ancient Celtic and English rituals. The ancient Celts would dress as spirits of the dead and ask their neighbors for contributions to their feasts. In England, beggars would ask for soul cakes; little cakes made from oatmeal and molasses. When asking for the soul cakes, the beggars usually were expected to ask for it in the form of a rhyme.(
  • Witch means wise one. It comes from the Saxon word wica. Witches were thought to be wise enough to tell the future.
  • Halloween is the 8th largest card-sending occasion. There are over 28 million Halloween cards sent each year! (
  • Over 10% of all pet owners dress their pets in a Halloween costume and the number increases each year.(
  • U.S. consumers spend as much as $1.93 billion on candy for Halloween, making it the sweetest holiday of the year. Add to that $1.5 billion spent on costumes each year, and more than $2.5billion on other Halloween papaphernalia, such as decorations and crafts.(



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Every year my son Dylan and I have been building our Halloween animatronic display. This year we added 12 new figures and my wife had been making the clothes etc. but then I clued in that Halloween Costumes were the ideal solution - ya, ok I'm slow but...This year is really cool because we've done an HP Lovecraft display that I'm sure he'd appreciate but I'm not so sure he'd approve of this - The Necronomicon - Is it just me or is that just plain goofy ? Anyway, everybody is doing their own Haunted House thing now but hey - it's fun and if you've got kids I really suggest you try it yourself if you haven't already. It's a nice change from the usual Christmas Lights routine and a lot of scaaarrry fun. Happy Halloween everybody.

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