Enhance your little one’s knowledge by sharing these ten fun facts about Halloween for kids. They are interesting tidbits about a holiday people of all ages enjoy.
Fact #1: Halloween is an ancient tradition.
This celebration dates back to 4000 B.C. Halloween began as a Celtic festival in Ireland and slowly evolved into an candy-giving event for children.
Fact #2: Witches weren’t always considered evil.
The word witch is derived from the Old English term ‘wicce’, meaning wise woman. Wiccan were honored in their day. Beliefs about this group changed throughout history.
Fact #3: Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
Individuals who suffer from Samhainophobia dislike the elements associated with Halloween. They hate the loud noises, children dressed up in costumes and images of ghosts and goblins.
Fact #4: Chocolate is the most preferred candy on Halloween.
Studies show 50% of children want to receive chocolate while trick-or-treating over any other type of candy. Twenty-four percent prefer non-chocolates while a surprisingly 10% prefer gum.
Fact #5: The largest pumpkin weighs a little over 2000 pounds.
In 2012, Ron Wallace from Green, RI, grew the largest pumpkin in history weighing in at 2,0009 pounds shattering previous records. This pumpkin is also the largest fruit in the world.
Fact #6: The largest Halloween parade is held annually in New York.
The Village Halloween parade occurs in New York City, NY. This event draws a crowd, around 2 million spectators. Unlike most parades, it occurs at night.
Fact #7: Halloween is the second highest commercialized holiday in America.
The first and most commercialized holiday is Christmas. In 2010, According to the National Retail Federation, on Halloween, the average U.S. citizen spent $66. Over all, consumers shelled out around $5.8 billion for candy, costumes and decorations.
Fact #8: Scottish girls use Halloween as a way to see their future mates.
Scottish females believe they can see the image of their future husbands by hanging a wet sheet in front of a fire on Halloween. Some of them also believe they can see their boyfriend’s faces if they walk downstairs past a mirror at midnight on Halloween.
Fact #9: Hallowmas is the Christian precursor to Halloween.
Hallowmas or All Saints’ Day is usually celebrated on Nov. 1, following Halloween. In medieval times, the poor went door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes. Currently, observers of this holiday attend mass at church.
Fact #10: Jack O’ Lanterns weren’t always made out of pumpkins.
Jack O’ Lanterns in Ireland were made out of rutabagas, potatoes, turnips and beets. Pumpkins came into play after Irish immigrants came to America.
Surprised? Share these ten fun facts about Halloween for kids with someone special. Help them learn something new about one of the most popular holidays across the globe.
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