Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween Holiday Trivia

(our cat Ninja)

Halloween Holiday Trivia

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.


Cassie Exline said...

Love the cat picture. Great Halloween trivia. Interesting about the Tootsie Roll. Would never have guessed that one.

Janice said...

Hi Cassie,

That one surprised me too. I do know that they use honey as a natural preservative and never rot. You can find a 50 year old tootsie roll in your grandpa's trunk and still be okay if you eat it.


wlynnchantale said...

I can't believe how much of this I already knew and how much I didn't. Thanks for the fun facts.

Janice said...

Hi Lynn,

Some of the facts we might have heard before. :)


Nina Pierce said...

Great list of facts.

Janice said...

Hi Nina,

Thank you.


Kayelle Allen said...

Long live the Tootsie Roll! LOL

Happy Halloween, Janice. =^_^=

Janice said...

Hi Kayelle,

Me too. When my daughter was still going trick-or-treating, she'd give me all her tootsie rolls. My jaws would ache from chewing them. :)