Fun Facts About Halloween

Halloween is a celebration of all spooky stuff, and in the U.S., it’s surrounded by a few odd rituals like trick-or-treat and pumpkin carving. Here are some fascinating details about how some of the activities began today as well as some fun tidbits about the special holiday. Gest5

It’s kind of fun to see kids dress up in costumes and go door-to-door like little beggars who demand treats. Like several other events in Halloween, the practice can be traced back to the Middle Ages and Samhain rituals.

Phantoms were thought to wander the planet on Samhain’s night and people would dress up in costumes in an attempt to repel the spirits.

As the Catholic Church began to supplant pagan festivals with their own holidays (like All Souls’ Day), the act of selling became popular, and poor children and adults dressed as spirits would go door-to-door

According to Guinness World Records, the biggest number of lit jack o’ lanterns on show in 2013 is 30,581 by the City of Keene, New Hampshire.

As of the original attempt, Keene, described by Let it Shine, broke the record 8 times. That is a lot of pumpkins! Simple English legends full of superstition around Halloween

And fortune-telling that lingers today, like apple bobbing or avoiding black cats.

 One folklore says that if a young unmarried person walks back down the stairs at midnight while holding a mirror, their next lover will be the face that appears in the mirror.

The classic “Halloween” fearfulness film from 1978 can easily be recognized in just one image: a psychotic Michael Myers in his pale-faced iconic mask. Without a doubt, in slasher flicks, it’s one chilling look that has struck terror in the hearts of partying teens.

The film was actually made on such a small budget that the crew used the cheapest mask they could find: Captain James Kirk, a $2 Star Trek

Face. Face. They spray painted it white and reshaped the eye holes, making William Shatner look incredibly creepy.

The Halloween we know today can trace its roots back to Samhain’s ancient Celtic end-of-harvest festival according to History.com. People would light bonfires during Samhain, and wear costumes to guard against evil spirits.

In the 80th century, Pope Gregory III decreed November 1 as All Saints’ Day in a force to spread Christianity and incorporated a few of Samhain’s rituals.  All Saints ‘Day was also called All Hallows and the night before was called All Hallows’ Eve, when the traditional Samhain festival used to take place in Celtic regions.

Children in Des Moines took to the streets for the Night of Beggars.

The festival started around 1938 as a way to discourage vandalism and give younger children a better way to celebrate Halloween, according to an article in the Des Moines Register

The most prominent address of the United States has had many accounts of ghostly appearances and unusual noises-and that doesn’t even include  Years for election!

 Abraham Lincoln, who was seen by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Netherlands Queen Wilhelmina, and Sir Winston Churchill, is the most common ghost sighting. Andrew Jackson, David Burns, and Abigail Adams are all ghost guests.

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