1. A large portion of the candy sold annually in the U.S. is purchased for Halloween, around 600 million pounds. Dentists everywhere thank you. And over, 2.6 billion dollars is spent on candy.
2. Majority of the age group (millennials) buy costumes for their pets.
3. All Hallows’ Eve was the day where the Celts paid their respects to the dead.
4. Masks also were worn to protect one from being found out by spirits, thus the start of the tradition of donning spooky costumes. They believed they would not be recognized as humans if they donned a mask.
5. Carving vegetables to use as lamps is an ancient practice dating back thousands of years, now we carve for Halloween, Jack O’Lanterns with carved faces.
6. Candy Corn was originally called, Chicken Feed.
7. According to Guinness World Records, the highest number of lit Jack O’Lanterns on display is 30,581 by the City of Keene, New Hampshire in 2013.
8. Bobbing for apples started as a British courting ritual.
9. Illinois produces most of the pumpkins in the United States.
10. More men spend money on Halloween than women.
Over time, traditions have faded, changed, or evolved into what they are today. But it is always fun to look back through history and find the origin of what is some of our favorite parts of one of the largest holidays around… Halloween.