10 Halloween Facts

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Halloween is the spookiest night of the year, where some people say spirits can wander the earth freely, and others say their children can wander the neighborhood unattended, trick-or-treating or causing havoc. Learn a bit more about Halloween below.


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The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

2
Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.

3
Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

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Halloween has variously been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer’s End.

5
In many countries, such as France and Australia, Halloween is seen as an unwanted and overly commercial American influence.

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Children are more than twice as likely to be killed in a pedestrian/car accident on Halloween than on any other night.

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There's a $1,000 fine for using or selling Silly String in Hollywood on Halloween.

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A full moon on Halloween is extremely rare. The most recent Halloween full moon was back in 2001, and before that it was in 1955.

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In 2010, Belleville, Illinois banned trick-or-treating for kids over 12. Teens can face fines from $100 to $1,000 for going door-to-door.

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Many shelters don't allow black cats to be adopted around Halloween for fear that they may be tortured or sacrificed.