Halloween Fun Facts

1. Halloween is more Irish than St. Patrick's Day. Halloween's origins come 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 in costumes and leave “treats” out on their front doors to appease the roaming spirits.

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

3.  The first Jack O'Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

4.  The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman." In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

5. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween

6. The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin

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