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A History of Halloween … 

No other holiday in the world has as much superstitions associated with it as Halloween. For many, Halloween means late nights of trick or treating, binging scary movies, and partying with friends and family. However, there’s more to this holiday than its spook factor. 

With its roots dating back thousands of centuries ago, Halloween borrows its traditions and practices from many different cultures. Find out the good, the bad, and the weird about this holiday with these Halloween facts.

Finding a spider on Halloween night is considered good luck.

Despite the common phobia of spiders many people share, spotting this insect on Halloween night is considered great luck. It is believed that if you see a spider during Halloween, it means that a loved one is watching over you. 

In many parts of the world, spiders are seen as a symbol of wealth and prosperity. Another superstition states that if a spider crawls into your pocket, it will bless you with everlasting wealth.

The first Jack-o-Lanterns were carved from turnips.

You may automatically associate pumpkins with Jack-O-Lanterns, but this wasn’t always the case. Traditionally, the Irish used large turnips and potatoes for carving the first Jack-O-Lanterns. The use of pumpkins soon took over, probably as a less-smelly alternative. 

On average, kids who trick or treat will bring home a bag of candies worth 11,000 calories.

This amount is the average that a plastic pumpkin bag can hold which equals to around 365 teaspoons full of sugar. This is also seven times the recommended daily sugar intake for children. Definitely one of the concerning Halloween facts in terms of nutrition.

The world record for the heaviest pumpkin weighed at 2,624.6 pounds.

Mathias Willemjins of Belgium holds the current record for growing the heaviest pumpkin in the world at roughly 1,190.49 kilograms.

Authenticated by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) in Ludwigsburg, Germany, Willemjins officially achieved the title on October 9, 2016.

 

Pumpkins classify as a fruit, not a vegetable.

Fruits are often classified as produce that contain seeds. On the other hand, vegetables have edible roots, flowers, leaves, and bulbs. 

From this principle, the pumpkin is officially classified as a fruit instead of a vegetable.

Harry Houdini, the famous magician, passed away on Halloween night in 1926.

This famous magician is known for being a master of escape. Harry Houdini fascinated many and made a permanent name for himself with his illusions and stunts. 

In 1926, he passed away from a ruptured appendix. However, many speculate the true cause of his death to this day.

Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of the Halloween tradition.

Halloween is said to have come from the ancient Celts who lived over 2,000 years ago. The land Celtics used to occupy now consists of Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Halloween is believed to have originated during 4000 B.C.

According to historians, traces of the Halloween holiday date as far back as 6,000 years ago. However, some believe that this holiday is not as old, only going back to the Middle Ages. 

Some animal shelters forbid the adoption of black cats during the Halloween celebration.

Shelters established this rule to help decrease the number of inhumane rituals done to black cats on Halloween night. On any other day, black cats commonly have the lowest adoption rates and take up to thrice as long to find a new home.