While most people celebrate Halloween by dressing up – did you know that many people believe Halloween began as a Christian holiday? There are a number of Halloween facts out there including the origins for the holiday. The day began from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain.” Celts believed the ghosts of the dead roamed Earth on this holiday, so people would dress up as saints and go door to door to leave “treats” out on their front doors to appease the roaming spirits. In modern day times, the
When is Halloween?
Celebrated every year on October 31st
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How is Halloween celebrated?
- Go trick-or-treating with friends around your neighborhood
- Carve pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns
- Have a Halloween party where you go bobbing for apples, and play games
- Visit haunted attractions
- Tell scary stories, and watch horror films with friends and family
- Order a pizza and stay close to your front door so you can give trick or treaters candy
- In many parts of the world, the Christian religious observances of Halloween also referred to as All Hallows’ Eve, include attending church services and lighting candles on the graves of the dead, remain popular
- In early days trick-or-treaters used to have to dance for a treat (or coin)
- Jack-o’-lanterns were once made out of turnips, beets and potatoes
- Some animal shelters won’t allow the adoption of black cats around Halloween for fear they’ll be sacrificed
- Sugar rationing during WWII halted trick or treating
- Halloween is the 2nd largest commercial holiday in the country. Can you guess the first? Christmas anyone?
- Americans spend more than $75 a year on Halloween, that’s a lot less than Christmas which averages over $1,000
- The most popular state for pumpkin growing is Illinois
- Candy corn was once referred to as chicken feed. Can you blame them?
- The original Halloween movie came out in 1978
- NYC throws the biggest Halloween parade in the country with more than two million people in attendance
- Skittles is the most popular candy to be given out on this holiday, followed by Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and Snickers
- The most popular costumes for children are princesses and superheroes
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Celebrities who celebrate their birthday on October 31st:
- Vanilla Ice – Rapper
- Michael Landon – Actor (deceased)
- Rob Schneider – Actor
- Dan Rather – Famous Newscaster
- Michael Collins – Astronaut
What do you plan on doing for Halloween? Do you dress up for Halloween? What is your favorite costume?
There are several celebrities known for their Halloween costumes – including Heidi Klum, who has had an a party every year where she dresses up in an outrageous costume.