The Halloween facts provided here are frightfully interesting. Questions are answered that you never even thought to ask. Statistics are given and it never occurred to us anyone was counting. Share your Halloween trivia knowledge with your friends and family as you become a Halloween know-it-all.
Possible side effects of reading fun Halloween facts includes howling at the moon!
The skinny on scarecrows.
Did you know that farmers invented scarecrows to protect their crops?
Originally designed to frighten and scare, the Halloween scarecrow of today has evolved into a happy, festive decoration and costume.
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The skinny on pumpkins.
Approximately $100 million worth of pumpkins are grown each year in the United States. That's a lot of Halloween pumpkin carvings.
The tradition of carved pumpkins, or jack-o-lanterns, is said to have originated with the legend of an Irishman know as Stingy Jack. Facing death, Jack promised the Devil that he would willingly follow him to hell if allowed one last drink. When he had no money to pay, he convinced the Devil to show off his trickery by turning himself into a coin. Jack then put the devilish coin into a purse enclosed with a cross, thereby imprisoning the Devil. In exchange for his freedom, the Devil promised to never claim Jack's soul. Upon Jack's death, he was refused entrance to heaven and hell. He was left to roam the netherworld with only a coal from hell's fire to light his way-which he carried in a carved out turnip. Hence, the Jack-O-Lantern.
The skinny on candy.
About $19 billion worth of candy is sold each year in the United States. The average American consumes 25 pounds of candy each year. A large portion is consumed on Halloween.
51% of trick-or-treaters prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween.
70% of parents admit to stealing chocolate from the children's candy stash.
Is that why jack-o-lanterns don't have all their teeth?
The estimated number of potential trick or treaters is 41 million with potential stops of 106 million.
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The folklore surrounding black cats varies from culture to culture, often ascribing either good or bad luck.
The superstition of black cats bringing bad luck makes it difficult for animal shelters to find them a forever home.
Now who's the unlucky one?
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