25 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween

Posted by , Updated on May 10, 2014

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Every October 31st people all over the world (or at least in most parts of Europe, North America, and Latin America) celebrate the ancient holiday of Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve. Although today it features costumes, trick-or-treating, and ghost stories it wasn’t always that way. Read on to find out 25 things you didn’t know about Halloween.

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A Word to the Wise

car accidents

Children are over 2 times as likely to be killed in a car/pedestrian accident than any other night.

4

Pumpkin Carving

pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving comes from a method used by the Celts to ward off evil spirits during Samuin. They would hollow out turnips, carve faces in them, and then put candles inside to keep the spirits at bay.

3

A Serious Sweet Tooth

candy

Americans purchase roughly 600 million pounds of candy every Halloween.

2

Not Just For Kids

adult costumes

Although modern day Halloween is typically thought of as a kid’s holiday, adult costume sales account for 62% of total costume sales every year.

1

Pricey Pets

pet costume

Americans will spend $310 million to dress up their pets on Halloween this year.

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