401Halloween is that fantastic time of the year when you get to done masks, scare your friends and be who you want to be.
However, the best part is the crazy Halloween facts and myths that circle the date.
Traditions are passed down with many myths and legends coming to life with each generation, and each one is crazier than the one before.
Some are scary, others are cool, but if you like trivia, these Halloween myths are sure to be the highlight of your night.
Let me tell you 110 interesting facts about Halloween you would never have guessed.
Scary, Strange, and Plain Weird Halloween Myths
There are tons of weird Halloween facts & myths; some are spooky others are strange; there's a mix of creepy and even more unusual.
Before we talk about the facts and figures, here're some scary Halloween myths that will keep you up at night.
The sight of Spiders on Halloween
The Holiday is not all dark and spooky, depending on how you look at it. Indeed, there is a creepy Halloween myth that the sight of a spider on that night means a deceased loved one is watching over you.
Spiders, and Bats
But then again, another Halloween myths say, spiders and even bats were familiars of witches during the Middle Ages. Plus, bats are linked with Samhain bonfires that are supposed to drive away insects but attract bats.
Cats' Role in Halloween
If we're talking things associated with Halloween, Black cats are undeniably high on the list.
Black cats are also thought of as witches' familiars and protector of their masters against enemy forces.
Beware of the owl's call
Many of the Halloween facts and myths are about the symbols of the holiday; Owls are also one of the most common Halloween symbols. In the Medieval Times, they were thought to be witches. And, if you were unfortunate enough to hear it's call, then it meant someone was about to die.
See a Witch This Halloween
This spooky Halloween fact will help you see a witch on that night.
Legend has it that if you put on your clothes inside out and walk backward, you'll see a witch at midnight.
Black Cats and Bad Omens
An old American superstition that we have grown up hearing stems from Halloween folklore. It is believed a black cat crossing your path means you are due for some bad luck.
White Cats are also Part of Halloween Folklore
However, a surprising twist to the tale is that the U.K. believes white cats to be unlucky, instead of black.
Light a Candle on Halloween
Halloween legend says if you light a candle and the flame turns blue, then
you might be in the presence of a spirit.
Jack invented the Jack-o-lanterns
If you want a scary Halloween myth, the story of Jack-o-lanterns fits the bill.
It is a Celtic Legend that there was a man named Jack who tricked Satan. When he passed, neither God nor the devil would take his soul, leaving him to wander the earth forever.
He carved up a turnip, fitted it with a lamp, and used his 'lantern' to lead people astray.
Travelers on the Road
It is a Halloween myth that any journey on Halloween night must be finished before sunset. Who's to say what comes out after dark?
Halloween and Crossroads
Crossroads are spooky at night, without it being Halloween. However, on the night of October 31st, if you listen to the wind at an intersection, you will know all that will befall you in the coming year.
Talk about creepy fortune telling!
Is that a spooky enough Halloween folklore?
Born on October 31st
One of the many Halloween myths is around the birthdays on October 31st. It is believed, if a person was born on Halloween night, then they possess the ability to see and talk to spirits.
The Devil Watches You
We know the dead walk among the living on Halloween (Celts) but so does the devil.
It is a Halloween myth that if you hear footsteps walking behind you on that night, then it's best you don't turn around to look. There is a chance it might be the devil, and looking at him might lead to your end.
Bats are more than Just Familiars
I've got another spooky Halloween myth for you.
It is believed that if you see bats flying around your home on October 31st, then keep a watchful eye, for spirits and ghost might be nearby.
Don't Hold Your Breath
If you don't want to be possessed, I suggest you don't hold your breath.
According to American Folklore, holding your breath when driving by a cemetery invites a spirit to possess your body.
Empty Your Pockets
t's not just breathing you need to be aware of; Ghosts and spirits can hitchhike in your pockets.
So, if you are passing a graveyard, be sure to turn your pockets inside out.
Any Black Cats Nearby?
A lot of Halloween facts and myths have to do
with cats, and I've got another one for you. If a black feline meow at your
window or your porch, beware for death may happen in the family.
Ward off Spirits
It's not Halloween if you don't see at least one ghost.
But then you don't want it to be stuck to you forever, so I've got a way for you to ward off spirits. A weird Halloween superstition is that if you walk around a ghost nine times, it will disappear.
Additionally, walking around your home backward and counterclockwise three times before sunset will ward off evil spirits on Halloween.
Did You Hear the Wind?
One Halloween myth is that on that night,
even the breeze can be deadly.
It is believed that at
night on October 31st if you hear the sigh of the wind that blows over the feet
of the dead, you are expected to die that year.
Gargoyles and Evil Spirits
Gargoyles are not just a medieval architectural décor.
It is a Halloween myth that the medieval architects and stone carvers created them to ward off evil spirits.
Halloween Candy Is Not Poisonous
A fact that will relieve parents of their worries!
Getting poisoned candy from strangers on Halloween is an urban legend; the only two recorded cases in history show their close relatives were involved.
In 1970, a boy died overdosing on heroin he got from his uncle's stash. The family later sprinkled it on the candy to deflect suspicion. In another case, in 1974, another boy died of cyanide poisoning that his father had mixed with the sweets.
Halloween does not Celebrate Satan
It is a Halloween myth that the holiday had its roots in satanic worship.
In fact, it was originally a Catholic holiday designed to bring people away from the pagan rituals of the Druids and Celts.
Ever Heard of Sleepy Hollow?
Sleepy Hollow, NY is a prime location to celebrate Halloween; it is also the town’s peak season. The town got its name from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irvin; but, the tale had no mentions of the Holiday at all.
Halloween was never about the Scares
It is a Halloween myth, if you believe that the Holiday started as a day to play tricks on friends and families. Originally, it was a Catholic holiday designed to bring people away from the pagan rituals of the Celts.
Safety is Priority
Another one of those weird Halloween myths is that carrying a piece of bread crossed with salt will keep you safe on your journey during Halloween.
Don't be fooled; it's not just a random bread; it is a Holy bread with witch repellant Salt.
Kids are not in Danger on the night of October 31st
It is believed that sex offenders, kidnappings, and other crimes in relation to children are an all-time high on Halloween night. There is no evidence to suggest an unusual increase of crimes on the last day of the month more than any other night of the year.
Druids were not Devils
It is another Halloween myth that the Druids were Satan worshipers who sacrificed humans on that night (or any other night.) Some people even believe that they are the origin of trick-or-treating where Druids killed off people’s sheep, if they didn’t get the money they asked.
The 1962 Halloween Scare
The story of a murder at a Halloween party in 1962 is just that, a story. According to the folklore, the man in the photo with the black mask killed 7 people after locking all doors from the outside. He was never caught but the police now have a hold of his mask.
LSD-Laced Tattoos Mixed with Halloween Candy?
Among the many Halloween facts and myths about poisoned candy, there is one that mentions drug dealers handing out LSD-laced tats to unsuspecting children. They then licked it to stick it only to have wild hallucinations.
Now, why would drug dealers target little kids who still believe in the tooth fairy?
Owls eat the Souls of the Dying?!
Another Halloween myth about the owls is that the creatures were believed to feast on the souls of those who were close to death.
A solution was to turn your pockets inside out.
Interesting Halloween Facts that will Leave You Stunned
You've seen the strange myths about October 31st, the weird things that people believed; now, let's see some interesting Halloween facts about its history, origin, and the way it molded into the present-day celebrations.
Catholics gave the Holiday its name
Halloween eve history began with Hallowmas or the three-day Catholic Holiday from October 31st to November 2nd.
It was initially All Hallows Evening; but eventually, it shortened to Hallows Even which later transformed to Hallowe' en.
The Many Names of Halloween
An interesting fact about Halloween is that it has more than one name.
It is also called Samhain, All Hallowtide, The Day of the Dead (Mexican), Snap-Apple Night, Lamswool, and Summer's End, Witches Night..
Another random trivia about Halloween is that the Americans had a different name for the Holiday.
They called it, Cabbage Night after a tradition in which young boys used to throw rotten vegetables at their neighbors' door.
Celts inspired the Halloween Dress-up Tradition
If you want a scary Halloween fact, then there is nothing creepier than the dead roaming the streets.
Celtics believed that during Halloween night, the dead wandered among the living. Thus, to confuse evil spirits, they donned costumes to 'blend in.'
Have You Worn Animal Skins for Costumes
An interesting Halloween trivia – one custom of the ancient Celts was to wear animal skins for costumes during the Samhain festival.
Instead of ghouls or ghosts, they dressed up in animal pelts and danced around a bonfire to scare spirits away.
Turnips or Pumpkins – What will you carve this Halloween
One of the many Halloween facts and myths surrounding Jack-o-lanterns is that they used to be turnips instead of pumpkins in Ireland. However, in the U.S., due to a shortage of vegetable, pumpkins were chosen as a substitute.
Halloween and the Samhain Festival
Samhain was the origin of Halloween. It denoted the end of the summer, harvest season and a time where the Celts believed the line between the dead and living had blurred.
Bonfire or bone-fire?
Here's a little review of your Halloween eve history – one history lesson you might enjoy.
A pre-Halloween Samhain tradition was for Celts to light bonfires to ensure the sun would rise after the long, harsh winter. Often, the Druid priests would throw bones of cattle into the fires. In time, this 'bone-fire' became 'bonfire.'
The Ancient Druids had a Different Custom
An interesting fact about Halloween is that on the one hand, black cats are feared as witches' familiars, but on the other hand, the Druids had them burned as a sacrifice.
During the celebration of Samhain, the Druids would throw cats into the fire, often in wicker cages as part of their divination proceedings.
Word to the Wise
Amidst the creepy Halloween facts and myths; here is one cool fact.
Witches were members of the Wiccan and highly respected at one point in time. The term 'Witch' originated from an old English word 'Wicce,' which means 'wise woman.'
According to folklore, they held one of their meetings or Sabbats, during the night of Halloween.
Another interesting and spooky fact about the Holiday is that Scarecrows are also one of the symbols of Halloween. They symbolize its ancient agricultural roots.
The Colors of Halloween
A weird Halloween fact is the reason behind its choice of traditional holiday colors; orange is a symbol of the fall harvest, and black is generally death and darkness. That is because after all, Samhain was a festival celebrating the boundary between life and death.
Halloween and the Full Moon don't go hand-in-hand
We know horror movies and the like associate a full moon with Halloween night, but the true Halloween fact is that it is very rare for there to be a full moon on October 31st.
The next full moon, after the most recent in 2001, is expected in 2020.
Fear of Halloween
There is a genuine fear of Halloween among the people, and it's not unfounded. There is a name for such a condition, called Samhainophobia.
Trick-Or-Treating Was Not Always For Kids
A surprising Halloween fact is that the trademark trick-or-treating was not for the kids as we know today.
In the ancient Celtic tradition, the Celts used to put out treats outside their homes for the dead that walked among the living on the night of Halloween.
Going a-Souling – Modern Day Trick-or-treat
During the middle ages, the poor dressed up in costumes and went door-to-door to ask for treats in return for prayers for the dead. The feast was often 'Soul Cakes.'
Back-In-The-Day You Had To Perform Tricks for Treats
One of the versions of trick-or-treating was to perform choreographed dances or songs for treats. Men and young boys went door-to-door begging for food, in exchange for these 'tricks.'
There Was a Tradition of Pulling Pranks
Some people had preferred pranks. But when these turned violent, they turned to organized, town-wide trick-or-treating – a fact of Halloween history that changed to present-day trick-or-treating.
The Second Largest Commercial Holiday in America
Despite the creepy and scary Halloween facts and myths, the Holiday is immensely favored by the mass; thus, it is no surprise that it is number 2 on America's most significant commercial Holiday list. It is also the third major party after New Years and Super Bowl Sunday.
Over $6 Billion in Revenue Generated
Everybody, adult or child participates in the festivities allowing for the industry to grow into a $6 billion business.
Halloween Originated in Ireland
A Halloween fact you'd be surprised to know is that America's second-largest Holiday is not American at all.
Its origins aren't even from the same continent. Ireland is thought to be the birthplace of Halloween.
Brought to America by Immigrants
The devastating potato famine of 1845 had many Irish nationals fleeing the country and seeking refuge in America. They didn't come empty-handed though; they brought their Halloween traditions with them.
The Holiday became a trend that spread like a forest fire across the nation.
Roman festival Pomona and Halloween
One interesting fact about Halloween is that it is a mix of many different eras, cultures, and religions; one of them happens to be the Roman Festival, Pomona.
It was a celebration for the Harvest Goddess of the same name, and many Halloween customs and games we see today, came from that time, including apple bobbing.
Halloween Romance – Apple bobbing or Matchmaking?
eople believed that apple bobbing was a way for young women in society to find their potential better half.
They would mark apples during the game, and if a man happened to catch hers while bobbing; well, then they were a match made in Heaven.
Try Peeling the Apple If You Don't Enjoy Bobbing
Halloween was a marvelous time for matchmaking; many Halloween facts and myths revolve around finding your other half, and one of them was tossing apple peels over your shoulder.
On Halloween night, young women would peel apples, and then toss the peel over their shoulders in hopes that they would form the initials of their future spouse.
Did You Try The Mirror?
According to Scottish folklore, young women believed that looking into a mirror at midnight on Halloween; you would see the face of your future husband.e, and if a man happened to catch hers while bobbing; well, then they were a match made in Heaven.
Try Burning Nuts
You can also try to choose a handful of hazelnuts and toss them into a fire on Halloween. Each nut is one potential soul-mate, and the nut that burns is the one destined for you.
Halloween Beats Valentine's Day
Candy sales and now matchmaking, Halloween has Valentine's Day beat in every way. It has twice as many chocolates sold than Valentine's Day, with $1.9 billion made each year.
Mexico Likes 1st and 2nd Of November
Instead of October 31st, in the Mexican tradition, you celebrate the Day of the Dead on November 1st – the same day as the Christian Holiday, All Hallows Day – and also, November 2nd, All Soul's Day.
The townsfolk dress up in costumes as ghouls and demons and parade down the street in honor of the dead.
Helen Pfeil of Greenlawn, NY was a “Halloween Grinch”
In 1964, Helen was arrested on account of handing out arsenic-laced candies to teenagers that she thought were too old for trick-or-treating.
Halloween is Older Than Dirt
A Halloween fact that will blow your mind is that the Holiday is believed to be over 6,000 years old, and was first celebrated around 4,000 B.C.
China Has Their Way of Celebrating the Event
China hangs dragon or animal-shaped lanterns outside their homes to guide the spirits to where they belong.
Hong Kong Ward's Off Angry Ghosts
Hong Kong has its share of Halloween facts and myths. They call it the 'Festival of the Hungry Ghosts.' For their celebration, they light fires and leave out food to appease any angry spirits.
Be Careful on the Roads
Car accidents occur even on an average day, but the stakes rise on the night of Halloween. Children walking on the streets trick or treating are more at risk of being killed in road accidents.
Can You Break The Record Of The Fastest Carving?
If you want to carve your pumpkins at super speed, Stephen Clarke is the one you should seek.
At the speed of 24.03 seconds, he carved a pumpkin with all the traditional details – eyes, ears, nose, and a mouth – beating his previous record of 54.27 seconds.
Can You Grow The Largest Pumpkin?
If you are going to be having a Halloween Trivia night, then you need to know who holds the record for growing the largest pumpkin.
In 1993, Norm Craven held the record of growing the World's largest pumpkin of 836 lbs. However, in 2006, Ron Wallace broke it at 1,502 pounds.
Have You Ever Seen a White Pumpkin? Or blue, Green?
We know pumpkins are orange, but that's not the only color you'll find. They also come in blue, green, red, and gray.
Light them all up!
A fun Halloween fact; Boston, Massachusetts set a record of lighting up an approximate 30,128 Jack' O Lanterns at once.
Everybody Loves Chocolate
The statement couldn't be truer for Halloween. 3/4th of the candy you get on Halloween night is chocolate.
Pumpkins Become Jack' O Lanterns
Halloween Jack-o-lantern is a tradition that everybody loves. Thus, 99 percent of the pumpkins sold around October 31st are carved up to lanterns
Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
It is the largest Halloween parade in the U.S. with over 50,000 participants, and 2 million viewers.
A spooky Halloween fact is that the famous magician, Houdini died on October 31st, 1926, after a burst appendix. He promised his wife that he would cross over from the other World; thus, she participated in séance for at least ten years before quitting.
To this day, fans continue to hold séances in hopes of speaking with his spirit.
Dress Up As a Priest; Spend the Night with the Police
A surprising fact is that on Halloween, you can't dress up as a priest or Pope. In Alabama, especially because they will have you arrested.
Use of Silly Strings Will Bring the Same
Since the 2004 Silly String riot in Hollywood, buying and selling of Silly Strings is illegal. If the police catch you with it, you'll have to pay $1000 fine.
Do you live in a 'Halloween Capital?'
Everybody is a little crazy on Halloween, but these cities are on another level.
Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, claim themselves as Halloween Capitals of the World.
Guess they are too passionate about their Halloween!
No Cats Adopted On Halloween
If you are out to adopt a black cat on Halloween, be ready for disappointment.
Because of the many Halloween facts and myths, adoption centers fear black cats may be sacrificed or tortured on this night. Thus, they ban adoption on or around Halloween.
France and Australia Are Anti-Halloween
It is a fact that Halloween is mostly an American Holiday. Therefore, it is not surprising that France and Australia are two countries that find it unwanted and an excessively commercial, American influence.
The Second World War was a setback for the Holiday
Sugar and candy are the core part of Halloween, apart from the ghouls and ghosts. However, during WW II, there was a sugar rationing that had stalled trick-or-treating for some years.
Kids Turn Over to the Dark Side on October 31st
Halloween fact or not, it is true that being surrounded by our group of friends encourages us to do what we would not otherwise. However, on Halloween night, that fact gets a little out of hand, and kids get more comfortable acting 'evil.'
Candy Corn – The Most Bought Candy
Each year 20 million pounds of Candy Corn is sold
Snickers is the All-Time Favorite
Even with the considerable amount Candy Corn bought, people still prefer snickers as their top choice.
October 30th is also special
As a celebration of how well-liked the candy is, especially around Halloween, October 30th was declared National Candy Corn Day.
Do You Decorate Your Home
For Halloween, 86% percent American's turn their homes into a Hollywood horror movie set.
Halloween is Hallmark's favorite
Although the cards are scary and horrific, Halloween stands at the sixth place as the most popular Hallmark holiday with around 19 million cards handed out each year.
Vampire Bats are real
You know bats too are part of the very many Halloween facts and myths, but what you don’t know is that Vampire bats are not just fiction. However, unlike Hotel Transylvania, they are not found in Transylvania. Instead, they inhabit South and Central America and survive on the blood of cattle, horses, and birds.
Thank Heaven; it's not human blood!
Age limit on trick-or-treating
A Halloween fact that we all know is that if you are older than 12, you are not allowed to go trick-or-treating. Some states have a ban on teenagers knocking on doors for treats.
Trunk-or-treating – a safe alternative
When candy is involved, even the little munchkins can turn violent. Thus, in 2000, a safe alternative to hitting the pavement for sweets was devised, trunk-or-treating.
Cars were in a circle in church or school parking lots, and people decorated the trunks following the Halloween theme, adorned costumes to hand out treats.
There is truth in one Halloween myth; the Jack-o-lantern mushrooms glow bright enough for you to walk through the forest without any other source of light.
Dead among the dead
One spooky Halloween fact is that in 2005 a woman hung herself off a tree, in Frederica, Delaware. Her apparent suicide went unreported for hours because it was mistaken as another Halloween decoration.
Trick-or-treating first mentioned in print in 1927
We all know the fact about Halloween that the tradition has been around for an infinitely long time. However, the first known mention of trick-or-treating in ink didn't occur until 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada
How Much Candy You Eat
Halloween is the best time for Americans to satisfy their sweet-tooth. You'd be surprised to know how much candy an individual gobbles up on Halloween – 1.2 lbs.
Haunted Houses and spooky decorations are what make a fun Halloween, but the Haunted Cave in Lewisburg, Ohio tops them all.
The Bell Witch Cave
If you want a real spooky Halloween this year, then Bell Witch Cave is one to check out. According to the American Ghost Society, to date, it is one of the most active haunted places in the U.S.
The Celtic Calendar
A scary Halloween fact is that it was initially a pagan ritual for honoring the dead.
Additionally, it was the last day of the Celtic Calendar, the end of harvest season – Summer's End or Samhain.
Candy Industry Influenced Daylight Savings
It is believed that Candy makers rallied to have the daylight savings time extended so that kids' could have more time on the streets for trick-or-treating.
Candy Corn or Chicken Feed
You'd be surprised to know that the fact that Halloween's most loved candy, Candy Corn, was once called chicken feed. That's because in the 1880s corn was also feed for the livestock; plus, the company had a rooster on its packaging.
Cartoons Helped the Rebirth of Trick-Or-Treating
A fascinating Halloween fact is that after World War II, trick-or-treating had dwindled.
However, children's magazine, Jack and Jill; the radio program of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, and the Peanuts' comic strip, brought back the tradition we now love.
Dress Up On Halloween
Halloween isn't America's second-largest Holiday for no reason. About 50% of American folk buy costumes and dress up for the occasion.
Even Pets Have a Place on October 31st
Some pet-friendly folks even dress their pets to play a part in Halloween.
Halloween Can Be Pretty Expensive
According to the National Retail Federation, Halloween expenses will reach $9 billion in 2018, with an average of $86.79 per consumer, as opposed to last year's $86.13.
6 States Responsible for the Pumpkin Supply
A fun fact about Halloween is that six states of U.S. produce most of the Holiday's Pumpkin reserve. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistic report, these states grew 1.31 billion pounds of pumpkin:
• New York
Charlie Brown Loved Halloween
In the 'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,' the lead character's iconic dialogue 'I got a rock' that he states while trick-or-treating became the most famous lines in Peanuts History.
States that are True Halloween Fanatics
A Halloween fun fact you'd love to know is that many cities and towns in the U.S. are very religious in their Halloween tradition. They have gone so far as to have names following the Halloween theme.
• Transylvania County, N.C.
• Tombstone, Arizona
• Cape Fear, N.C.
• Skull Creek, Nebraska
• Frankenstein, Missouri
• Black Cat, Arkansas
Do You Have the Right Number of Candies to Hand Out
A little Halloween statistical insight to help you prepare for Halloween night; the U.S. Census Bureau predicts the number of trick-or-treaters will reach 41.2 million this year.
Most of them are expected to be 5 to 14-year-olds. So, are you ready to hand out that many candies?
Pumpkin Contests are Very Rewarding
Halloween facts and myths also surround pumpkins that are primarily favored on the Holiday, but they also make up some delicious treats on Thanksgiving or any other occasion.
However, growing the fruit can be just as rewarding if not more. The prize money for producing the giant pumpkin can be as high as 15000 GBP.
Among the many spooky but weird Halloween facts and myths is the tradition of baking a Halloween Cake in colonial America.
Although I advise you to practice caution, bakers hide various things inside these seemingly harmless treats. And, if you happen upon a thimble in one of them, then you might be due for some unfortunate luck.
Costumes, Décor, Candy or Greeting Cards
Halloween isn't the second most commercial holiday in America for nothing. Ninety percent of people buy candy for trick-or-treaters, spending about 2.6 billion dollars. Whereas seventy-five percent pay about $2.7 billion in just the décor; no Halloween party is complete without the décor.
The most expensive item is the costumes. Seventy percent of Americans spend about $3.2 billion on costumes alone.
For whom is the Costume Purchased for most?
Adults, kids, and sometimes even pets participate in the festive occasion. But who is spending the most on costumes:
• At the top of the chart are the adult costumes, with about $1.6 billion spent per year.
• Then, there are the children's costumes with $1.2 billion spent.
• After that are the pets that have the lowest amount spent at $440 million.
We know they call themselves the Halloween Capital of America, but let me tell you they have an excellent reason for it too.
Anoka, Minnesota was the first city to celebrate Halloween in 1921. Talk about setting the trend!
The First Card Printed
One Halloween fact is that the first Holiday Card hadn't been printed until the early 1920s.
Share the spooky myths and facts with your friends to make this Halloween unforgettable.