According to the National Retail Federation (NRF), 158 million people in the U.S. plan to celebrate Halloween in some way, shape or form this year. Americans will also spend a lot of money during the holiday – about $6.9 billon on costumes, candy, parties, decorations and more – the second highest amount after Christmas.
In other words, for most families, Halloween is a big deal! Kids have fun dressing up, and they love the piles of candy they can get their hands on. Like any other fun event or holiday, there is an opportunity for learning a few historical and wacky facts. So while you’re preparing for a happy and safe Halloween, why not test your kids (and yourself) with a little Halloween trivia?
1. In what country did Halloween originate?
Halloween came about in Ireland around the 1550s. The nation’s Celtic people were celebrating the fall harvest, the last day of the old Celtic calendar (October 31) and the new year as well as the dead. Originally named “Allhallow-even” or “All Hallows’ Evening,” the Scottish shortened the name to Halloween around 1745.
2. Were Jack-o-Lanterns always made out of pumpkin?
No. In the early days, children carved Jack-o-Lanterns out of turnips, potatoes and even beets. They placed lit candles in their creations in hopes of warding off evil spirits and ghosts.
3. Why were orange and black chosen as Halloween’s iconic colors?
Orange represents the fall harvest and black signifies darkness and death.
4. What does it mean if you see a spider on Halloween?
Legend has it that a loved one who has passed on will come to visit you in the form of a spider on Halloween.
5. Why are black cats associated with Halloween?
Witches allegedly used the ebony-colored felines to help protect their magic powers. Today it is considered good luck in many parts of the world when a black cat crosses your path. Good news for cats!
6. Why did people start wearing Halloween costumes?
The ancient Celts in Ireland began wearing masks and costumes to conceal the fact that they were human and to avoid detection by spirits and ghosts.
7. What are the most popular Halloween costumes for kids, adults and pets in 2013?
According to the NRF, Americans will spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes this year.
The top three costumes for kids this year are: princess, animal and Batman.
The top three costumes for adults this year are: witch, Batman and vampire.
The top four costumes for pets this year in are: pumpkin, hot dog – and tied for third – cat and devil.
8. What is the most popular candy during Halloween?
Along with spending big bucks on costumes, more than $2 billion will be spent in the U.S. on Halloween candy in 2013 according to the NRF. There are a number of competing opinions and polls about the most popular type of candy during this sugar-sweet holiday, but the chocolate bar (regardless of brand) ranks supreme.
9. Do vampire bats really exist?
They do, but they don’t hail from Transylvania or prey on humans as popular lore claims. Vampire bats can be found in central and south America where they feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.
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