Share a Scare This Season with These Halloween Fun Facts

Share a Scare This Season with These Halloween Fun Facts

For those who eat, sleep, live and breathe Halloween, there is no better time of year than right now. With the leaves changing colors and falling from branches, floating through the crisp, cool air and autumn breeze, it’s easy to see why so many romanticize, and anticipate, this season.

Then, just when you thought things were coming to a close, the month of October ends with a big Halloween bang. Here are some fast facts to consider and keep in mind while you enjoy all that this holiday, and season, have to offer.

– Halloween first began as an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain
– People in Ireland and Scotland used turnips as lanterns
– Originally, trick-or-treaters offered up a prayer, or song and dance, when they went door to door
– Haitian and African immigrants brought about the voodoo beliefs about black cats, fire, and witchcraft that we all associate with Halloween
Masks and costumes were first worn to disguise oneself from being recognized by ghosts and spirits
– According to the National Retail Federation, this year Americans are forecasted to spend approximately $75 each on Halloween costumes, with a total spending expected to reach $6.9 billion

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