30 Halloween Fun Facts You Should Bust Out at Your Next Trivia Night

There's no way your friends will know all of these answers.

Halloween Fun Facts
Getty Images

It's no mystery that these days the annual night of fright is packed with candy and costumes — but it didn't start off that way. Be the brainiest of your All Hallows' Eve crew by sharing these fascinating facts about the holiday's history, your favorite scary movies, and more.

1 of 30
Halloween fun facts - most pumpkins produced by 6 states
Getty ImagesNatalia Ganelin
Only 6 states produce a majority of the holiday's pumpkins.

Halloween wouldn't be the same without pumpkins, and thankfully, there are plenty of gourds to go around. According to the United States Department of Agriculture's , in 2014 the top pumpkin-producing states — Illinois, California, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — produced 1.31 billion pounds of pumpkins.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
2 of 30
Halloween fun facts - how jack-o-lanterns got their name
Getty Images
An Irish folktale inspired the Jack-O-Lantern phrase.

The name Jack-O-Lantern from an Irish folktale about a man named Stingy Jack who tricked the Devil over and over again. When Jack died, he was forced to walk the Earth with only a carved-out turnip and burning coal to help light his way.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
3 of 30
Halloween fun facts - why people carve pumpkins
Getty Images
People didn't always carve pumpkins.

Because Stringy Jack walked with a carved-out turnip, at first people in Ireland and Scotland grabbed turnips, beets, and potatoes to carve his scary "face." When the Irish brought the tradition to America, pumpkins were carved more often as they were more abundant.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
4 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Jack-O-Lantern Story
Getty Images
Jack-O-Lantern could also have come from, well, lanterns.

For those who don't believe the Stringy Jack folktale, let us present an alternative: Some people believe that the term Jack-O-Lantern comes from the idea of a night watchman, who would light the street lanterns every evening, .

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
5 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Black Cat Superstition
Getty Images
Pilgrims started the black cat superstition.

It's been said that it's bad luck for a black cat to cross your path, especially on Halloween night. In the U.S., this superstition stems from the Protestant beliefs of the . They disapproved of anything associated with witchcraft, and some believed the legend that witches could transform into black cats and back — hence the inspiration for pop culture characters like Salem on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Binx in Hocus Pocus.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
6 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Women used to try to find their husbands
Getty Images
Women used to involve matchmaking.

While couples costumes are about as romantic as Halloween gets these days, women used to to help them find their future husbands. One crazy ritual? Women tossed apple peels over their shoulders in the hopes that they'd see the shape of their future hubby's initials on the ground. Another involved women standing in front of a mirror in a dark room and holding up a candle to see their future husband's face.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
7 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Most Hated Candy for Trick or Treating
Getty Images
Kids weren't fans of Tootsie Rolls in 2017.

When buying Halloween candy for trick-or-treaters, stay away from the of 2017: Circus Peanuts, candy corn, wax coke bottles, Necco Waffers, Mary Janes, Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, black licorice, and Good & Plenty.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
8 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Best Candy for Trick or Treating
Getty Images
But Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are another story.

It's no surprise that Reese's Peanut Butter Cups were — nobody can get enough of that chocolate and peanut butter goodness! Other favorites include Snickers, Twix, Kit Kat, Nerds, Sour Patch Kids, and Skittles.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
9 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - How Trick-or-Treating started
Getty Images
Trick-or-treating began with "soul cakes."

During early All Souls' Day parades in England, the Church encouraged wealthier families to give out to the beggars of the lower class in exchange for prayers for dead relatives. It was a tradition known as "going a-souling," and later children were the ones who went to houses to ask for food, ale, and money.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
10 of 30
Halloween Facts - How to Properly Trick or Treat
Getty Images
People used to dance and sing for treats.

At one time, it was customary to perform dances, songs, prayers, and plays, a practice called "mumming," in order to receive their treats, according to E.J.W. Barber's .

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
11 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Hocus Pocus Trivia
IMDB
Hocus Pocus almost had a different title.

If you're a fan of this classic Disney film, you might be surprised to learn that it was supposed to be a much darker, scarier movie with the title .

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
12 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Silly String Ban
Getty Images
Silly string is banned in Hollywood on October 31.

Silly string fans should stay far away from Hollywood on Halloween. A ban on the toy, created in 2004, is enforced on October 31, according to the . If you're caught with sticky hands, expect to pay a $1,000 fine.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
13 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - How much money parents spend
Getty Images
Parents spend a lot on Halloween.

In 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated there were 41 million trick-or-treaters ages 5 to 14 in America. Parents spent an estimated $1 billion on children's costumes combined. By 2014, that number nearly tripled. And according to the , Halloween party-goers spent an estimated $2.8 billion on costumes overall.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
14 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - How Much Candy Corn Is Made
Getty Images
Candy corn is one of the holiday's most-produced candies.

Since its invention in 1898 by the Herman Goelitz Confectionary Company of Fairfield, California (now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Company), candy corn has become wildly popular — so much so that today, nearly 35 million pounds of the stuff is produced each year.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
15 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Cabbage Night Pranks
Getty Images
The night before Halloween is "Cabbage Night" to New Englanders.

According to , some pranksters in the northeastern U.S. keep up with the stinky tradition of collecting rotten vegetables and leaving them near their neighbors' doors in honor of "Cabbage Night" on October 30th.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
16 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - How Much People Spend on Halloween
Getty Images
Halloween is the second-largest consumer holiday in the U.S.

From its vampy costumes and sweet treats to spooky outdoor decor, Halloween is a big business. So big, in fact, that it's the second-largest commercial holiday in America, with Christmas being the only one to surpass it in sales. According to the , consumers spent $5.8 billion on Halloween in 2010, and by 2015, that figure jumped to .

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
17 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Longest Haunted House
Getty Images
Ohio is home to the world's longest haunted house.

No matter how scary your local haunted house is, it probably can't top the in Lewisburg, Ohio. Measuring 3,564 feet long, the Guinness World Records has named it the world's longest haunted house. Even spookier: It's located 80 feet below ground in an abandoned mine.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
18 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - UNICEF Trick or Treat Program
Getty Images
UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat program was founded in 1950.

Philadelphia-based trick-or-treaters traded in a sweet tooth for sweet action in 1950. In lieu of candy, residents collected change for children overseas and sent it to UNICEF. Subsequently, the program was born.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
19 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Harry Houdini Trivia
Getty Images
Harry Houdini died on Halloween.

A working magician from the age of 17, Harry Houdini (AKA Ehrich Weisz) became America's favorite magician and a world-renown legend for his daring escapes. Many find it fitting, then, that this master trickster died on October 31, 1926 (from a ruptured appendix).

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
20 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Trunk or Treating Tradition
Getty Images
The Trunk-or-Treating idea was born in 2000.

Due to safety concerns, was introduced in 2000 as an alternative to hitting the pavement for candy on Halloween night. Cars are parked in a circle at a school or church parking lot, with event-goers decorating their open trunks and dressing in costume in order to hand out sweets.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
21 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - How Much Americans Spend on Halloween
Getty Images
Americans spend a lot of money on Halloween.

According to the , 64% of Americans celebrated the holiday in 2015, and they spent an average of $74.34 per (adult) person on candy, costumes, and decor.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
22 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Halloween Cards
Getty Images
Halloween is one of the most popular holidays for Hallmark.

Although the cards may be ghoulish, the sentiment is sweet: according to , Halloween ranks as the sixth most popular card-giving holiday, with 20 million cards sent each year. Christmas comes in first place, with a whopping 1.5 billion cards sent each year.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
23 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - How to Preserve Halloween Candy
Getty Images
Leftover candy lasts longer than you might think.

Got leftover Halloween candy? Save it for later! Dark and milk chocolates can last up to two years if stored in a dry, odor-free spot. Hard candy can last up to a year, and unopened packages of candy corn can last nine months.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
24 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Trick or Treating Bans
Getty Images
Illinois has banned teens from trick-or-treating.

In 2010, Belleville, Illinois became the latest city to ban trick-or-treating for . Teens can even face fines ranging from $100 to $1,000 for going door-to-door. (Although, according to officials, more often than not over-age Halloween-goers are just given a warning.)

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
25 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - How Much Chocolate Is Sold
Getty Images
Halloween tops Valentine's Day in candy sales.

Valentine's Day is no longer the sweetest national holiday — at least when it come to candy sales. More than twice as much chocolate is sold, and 90 million pounds of chocolate flies out the door during Halloween week alone. In total, $1.9 billion is spent on Halloween candy each year.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
26 of 30
Charlie Brown Halloween Fun Facts
Getty ImagesABC Photo Archives / Contributor
Charlie Brown created a piece of Halloween history.

It was just tricks, no treats, for Charlie Brown in . In the 1966 TV special, the iconic lead character says, "I got a rock" while trick-or-treating. The phrase went on to become one of the most famous lines in Peanuts history.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
27 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - California Produces a Ton of Halloween Candy
Getty ImagesThomas Winz
You can thank California for Halloween chocolate.

Halloween candy wouldn't be the same without California. Why? According to the , the Golden State leads the nation in non-chocolate confectionary production. Out of the 409 sites that manufacture non-chocolate confections in the U.S., California is home to 45 of them.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
28 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Black Cat Adoption Ban
Getty Images
You may not be able to adopt a black cat.

If you've always wanted to welcome a black cat into your home, don't bother going to the shelter on Halloween – or maybe even the entire month of October. Many refuse to adopt these cats in the lead-up to the holiday, as they're worried the animals will be used in some sort of sacrifice, reports . But it really depends on where you go: the for example, provides a list of black cat adoption promotions that are actually tied to the holiday.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
29 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Most Popular Halloween Costumes
Getty Images
Superheroes top the most popular list.

Some of the most popular Halloween costumes for kids in 2017 included action and superheroes, batman, princesses, and animals, . For adults, there were plenty of classic costumes — think witches and pirates — at Halloween parties.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
30 of 30
Halloween Fun Facts - Popular Pet Costumes
Getty Images
People really like to dress up their pets.

In 2017, the most popular pet costumes were pumpkins, hot dogs, and a tie between a dog, lion, and pirate, . If you want your dog to stand out, these funny costumes will do the trick. And these adorable cat costumes make sure your feline doesn't feel left out.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From Halloween Ideas
alt-energy.in.ua

https://viagraon.com

Этот классный портал со статьями про kasino online.