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Halloween 2011 Fast Facts

  • 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.

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