Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is the most spookiest and frightening night of the year, where adults and children alike put on their scary and ghoulish costumes and go trick or treating. But how much do you really know about Halloween which is the second highest grossing commercial holiday, after Christmas?
Here are the a few other facts you may not have known:
- Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
- “Souling” is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul
- Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.
- Halloween has variously been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and summer’s End.
- According to a legend, if you see a spider on Halloween it’s the spirit of a loved one watching over you.
- Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by three stomach punches.
- According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.
- In Hollywood, there is a $1000 fine for using silly string on Halloween.
- ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson is the most played Halloween song on radio stations in the US.
- The most popular Halloween candy is Snickers.
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