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Halloween Fun Facts
Forget the tricks and treats — share some interesting facts about the holiday with your friends. Here are 13 things you probably didn’t know about Halloween, courtesy of Huffington Post, Fact Retriever and Live Science:
1. No one was ever poisoned from Halloween candy. It’s just a myth.
2. It was once believed that cats protected the powers of witches, which is why they are associated with Halloween.
3. Instead of just saying “trick-or-treat,” you used to have to dance.
4. Halloween is known by various names, including All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool Snap-Apple Night, Samhain and Summer’s End.
5. Famous magician Harry Houdini, born in 1874, eerily died on Halloween night in 1926. He suffered from appendicitis after he suffered three stomach punches. Creepy, right?
6. Trick-or-treaters would rather get chocolate for Halloween instead of candy.
7. Halloween used to be called “cabbage night” in some Scottish towns.
8. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
9. A person will see a witch at the stroke of 12 if he or she wears his or her clothes inside out.
10. Costumes are worn because people believed the line between the living and the dead was blurred. They put on masks so the spirits wouldn’t recognize them.
11. Similarly, trick-or-treating might have started because people believed ghosts could disguise themselves as humans and knock on doors to ask for food or money. If they were denied, the spirit could haunt the person who refused the treat.
12. Halloween has been celebrated for more than 6,000 years.
13. The origin of the word “witch” means “wise woman.”Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return.
When trick-or-treating first became popular in the United States in the 1800s, more children played mischievous pranks than asked for candy. By the 1950s, though, the focus had switched to good old family fun, with sugar-hyped children dressed in costumes.
The candy-collecting tradition has spread from the United States to Canada, Australia, and Western Europe, where more and more little goblins now trick-or-treat. In parts of England, children carry lanterns called punkies (which look like jack-o’-lanterns) and parade through the town on the last Thursday of October. In Ireland, rural neighborhoods light bonfires, and children play snap apple, in which they try to take a bite from apples that are hung by strings from a tree or a door frame.
Chocolate makes up about three-quarters of a trick-or-treater’s loot, according to the National Confectioners Association.
Fun Facts About Candy Corn
Candy corn has been made with the same recipe by the
Jelly Belly Candy Company since around 1900.
What’s in that recipe, exactly? Sugar, corn syrup, and marshmallow.
One serving (about 30 pieces) has 140 calories, the equivalent of three miniature Hershey bars.
The National Confectioners Association reports that more than 35 million pounds were manufactured in 2005, amounting to almost 9 billion kernels.
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