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25 fun facts about Halloween

  • 25 fun facts about Halloween

    Can we all agree that Halloween is the creepiest night of the year? It's the eve when bats fly, dogs howl, and spooky energy perfumes the air. Houses decorated with spiders and skeletons beckon costumed children to fill their bags with candy as their anxious parents pray they don't slip on wet leaves or break a tooth on hard candy.

    Oct. 31 is the night that reminds us that the light days of summer are long gone, and the darkness of winter will soon arrive. Ever wonder how a wicked holiday with symbols of witches, black cats, fire, skeletons, and darkness turned into an annual celebration of children and candy?

    While most people know the basic narrative of Halloween, Stacker wanted to dig a little deeper and deliver some tricks and treats. Along with reading up on works from Halloween scholars like Regina Hansen, we looked at statistics from the National Retail Federation's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Stacker also looked at Halloween records from the Guinness Book of World Records to bring readers 25 fascinating facts about Halloween.

    Take a few moments before you head out this Halloween to learn some devilish details about the spooky holiday.

    Readers will learn many Halloween fun facts, including how much people spend on Halloween, the top costumes for children and pets, the state that harvests the most pumpkins, and the original name of the Disney movie "Hocus Pocus." Grab your bucket of candy corn, click through Stacker's list, and let the fun begin.

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  • There is a word to describe a fear of Halloween.

    Readers who suffer from samhainophobia are most likely not reading this slideshow because of their phobia of Halloween. Although many sufferers may understand that there is no real danger, they're afraid of Oct. 31. People who have samhainophobia might also fear ghosts, witchcraft, and darkness.

  • The largest pumpkin ever measured weighed 836 lb.

    Norm Craven grew the largest pumpkin ever measured. His 836-pound pumpkin broke the world record in 1993.

  • Halloween is not the holiday's only moniker.

    While children may call Oct. 31 the best day of their lives, Halloween has many names. Samhain, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, Witches Night, Summer's End, and Snap-Apple Night are other names for the holiday.

  • In one state, a clergy costume is a misdemeanor.

    Alabamians donning clergy costumes are considered to be breaking the law and may be subject to a $500 fine and up to a year in jail. Note to self, when in Alabama on Oct. 31 do not dress up as a priest, rabbi, or nun.

  • Can you guess the calorie count of a bag of Halloween candy?

    A consumer report noted that the average calorie count of a bag of Halloween candy is 11,000. Wonder how many Weight Watchers points that equals?

  • The turnip has a place in Halloween history.

    People walked the streets in Ireland carrying hollowed-out turnips with candles inside in Halloween's early history. This practice is believed to be the precursor of today's ritual of creating carved pumpkins called jack-o'-lanterns.

  • Halloween sales expected to reach $8.8 billion.

    Shoppers are reported to spend an average of $86.27 this Halloween. Last year they spent $86.79. Total spending is projected to be $8.8 billion, slightly down from last year's $9 billion.

  • 29 million people will buy a costume for their pet.

    Twenty-nine million people will don their furry friends in costumes. The most popular pet costumes include a pumpkin, hot dog, Superhero, bumblebee, and cat.

  • Princesses lead the costume parade.

    An estimated 3.1 million children plan to dress up as their favorite princess this Halloween. Superheroes took the second spot at 2.4 million, followed by Spider-Man at 2 million. Another 1.5 million children will wear an Avenger character other than Spider-Man, and 1.4 million kids will dress up as Batman.

  • The trade war with China will impact Halloween plans.

    NRF's Annual 2019 Halloween Spending Survey, conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, noted that 14% of those surveyed said that concerns about the economy would impact their Halloween plans. It is important to note that most of the Halloween merchandise was in the United States before the 15% consumer goods tariff took effect on Sept. 1.

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