• Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car on Halloween. 
  • Jack O’Lanterns were originally carved from turnips. 
  • Only Christmas generates more revenue than Halloween. 
  • Witch is an Old English word that means “wise woman”. 
  • The biggest pumpkin weighed 836 pounds. 
  • Halloween started in Ireland. 
  • Scottish girls believed they could see their future husbands by hanging wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. 
  • 40% of us wore a costume in 2010. 
  • Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  • Boston, Massachusetts, once lit 30,128 Jack O’Lanterns at once. 
  • Anoka, Minnesota proclaims itself Halloween capital of the world. 
  • Harry Houdini (1874-1926) died in 1926 on Halloween night. 
  • In 2010, consumers spent an average of $66.28 per person on Halloween.
  • 11% of us will dress up our pets this year.
  • Trick-or-treating came from a medieval practice called “souling”. On November 1, the poor would go door to door exchanging prayers for soul cakes.
  • Orange represents life. Black represents death. Halloween once was a festival marking the boundaries between life and death.