Seven spooky fun Halloween facts
• “Halloween” is short for “All Hallows’ Eve” or “All Hallows’ Evening,” which was celebrated as the evening before All Hallows’ (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1.
• The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
• The word “witch” comes from the Old English word wicce, meaning “wise woman.”
• Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
• Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets during Samhain, a sacred Celtic harvest festival.
• Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
• 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 and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.