This month people from all over the world are going to celebrate an important holiday. Halloween is one of the most beloved celebrations in the United States and beyond. People love to attend Halloween parties and enjoy dressing up in the scariest costumes possible. If you want to discover more about this celebration, here you can learn about seven interesting things about Halloween.
Do you know what Samhainophobia is? Thousands of people suffer from this condition. It is the irrational fear of Halloween. This makes Halloween the only holiday with a clinical phobia.
2. World’s largest pumpkin
The largest pumpkin in the world weighed over 1,872 pounds. For this holiday, pumpkins are commonly orange, but they can be green, red and gray too. Still, orange became the color of Halloween because it marks the end of the harvest.
3. Second most commercial holiday in the world
Halloween is the second most commercial holiday in the world, after Christmas. In 2012, it was estimated that Halloween supposed spendings of more than $8 billion. Over 65% of Americans decorated their homes for this holiday.
Be careful what you wear this Halloween! If you live in Alabama and you want to dress up as a priest, you should know you are not legally allowed to do that. Halloween mask sales have also impressed throughout the years. It may seem hard to believe, but they predicted the last four presidential elections: the masks inspired by the men who won the race were by far more popular than the ones of the other candidates.
It is commonly said that if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one who is watching over you. Legendary magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween back in 1926. Numerous scary stories are linked to the magic of Houdini nowadays, as well as to witches, curses and haunted houses. On this celebration people leave lights on. They believe that light keeps away bad spirits and ghosts. A pumpkin lantern can keep the house safe.
6. National Candy Corn Day
30th October is the national Candy Corn Day. 28th October is the day when more candies are sold than in any other moment of the year. Ireland is considered to be the birthplace of Halloween.
7. Trick or treating
Originated from begging, trick-or-treating is the most popular tradition on Halloween. In some US states this celebration is called Beggars’ Night. On Halloween night people eat more candies than for any other celebration. There is no wonder after all that a poll conducted by the Time indicated that trick or treating is a favorite activity on Halloween, even more popular than dressing up in costumes.
Chose a unique costume for Halloween 2013 to impress friends and familly. October has arrived so you can start looking for the perfect costume. What costume do you plan to use for Halloween this year?