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14 Fun Facts About Halloween

    1. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips
    1. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas
    1. The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman
    1. An intense and persistent fear of Halloween is called Samhnainophobia
    1. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die
    1. According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns is named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths
    1. “Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening,” which was the evening before All Hallows’ (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1
    1. Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness
    1. Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday
    1. Halloween has variously been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer’s End
    1. Halloween was influenced by the ancient Roman festival Pomona, which celebrated the harvest goddess of the same name. Many Halloween customs and games that feature apples (such as bobbing for apples) and nuts date from this time. In fact, in the past, Halloween has been called San-Apple Night and Nutcrack Night
    1. According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight
    1. Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years
    1. The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States. The parade includes 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators
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