Friday, October 06, 2006

Halloween Trivia

The following Halloween trivia facts can be found at

-Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
-Jack o’ lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
-Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
-Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
-Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
-The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
-Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
-Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
-Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
-Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
-Black cats were once believed to be witch's familiars who protected their powers.

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