INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT “HALLOWEEN”
1. The word Halloween is a shortening of All Hallows’ Evening also known as Hallowe’en or All Hallows’ Eve.
2. Halloween has its origins in the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain (pronounced “sah-win”). The ancient Gaels believed that on October 31, the boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead overlapped and the deceased would come back to life and cause havoc such as sickness or damaged crops
3. Masks and costumes were worn in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or appease them.
4. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of “souling,” when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2)
5. Jack O’ Lanterns originated in Ireland as hollowed out turnips with candles placed in them to keep away evil ghosts and spirits on the Samhain holiday.
6. Orange and Black are traditional Halloween colors: Orange represents the fall Harvest. Dark represents the darkness.
- The most significant growth and resistance is in the United Kingdom, where the police have threatened to prosecute parents who allow their children to carry out the “trick” element.
SOME HALLOWEEN STATISTICS 2013
Halloween has turned into a biggest holiday of the year; it’s not only the “trick and treat” but the costumes and the home decorations have become an important and reputed part of the Halloween. Some throw or attend party, some hand candy and some carve pumpkin, some take children for trick and treating, some decorate the home and garden and some wear costumes. Halloween is one season where home decorations, weird costumes and the candies and other eatables are bought in high quantity which is a very good time for the major shopping spots.
Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday. Christmas is number one.
HOW ADULTS PLAN TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN??
30.9% Throw or attend a party
72% Hand out candy
44.2% Carve a pumpkin
31.7% Take children trick-or-treating
47.5% Decorate home or yard
43.6% Dress in costume
WHEN AMERICANS SHOP FOR HALLOWEEN…
32.8% Begin shopping before September 30
43.6% Begin shopping the first two weeks of October
23.6% Wait until the final two weeks of the month
HOW MUCH AMERICANS SPENDS ON COSTUMES FOR…
Adults: 1.22 billion
Kids: 1.04 billion
Pets: 330 million
DO IT YOURSELF
It would take
1,333, 620, 967
pieces of candy corn to go around the world ONCE