110 Halloween Facts and Myths You Never Knew About

110 Halloween Facts and Myths You Never Knew About

Halloween 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.

The tradition has been passed down through the years with many myths and legends coming to life with each generation, and each one is crazier than the one before. 

Some are spooky, others are weird, 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.

1.

Catholics gave the holiday its name

Halloween eve history began with Hallowmas or the three-day Catholic Holiday from Oct 31st to Nov 2nd. It was initially All Hallows Evening; but eventually, it shortened to Hallows Even which later transformed to Hallow`en. .


2.

Many more where that came from

One name wasn`t enough
Halloween is also called Samhain, All Hallowtide, The Day of the Dead (Mexican), Snap-Apple Night, Lamswool, and Summer`s End, Witches Night.


3.

Cabbage Patch

America had a different name for Halloween. Additionally, despite all those names, the Americans had their version – Cabbage Night; tradition in which people, young boys, used to throw rotten vegetables at their neighbors` door. .

4.

Celts inspired the Halloween Dress-up Tradition

If you want a scary Halloween fact, 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.”



5.

Have You Worn Animal Skins for Costumes

A 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. 



6.

Turnips or Pumpkins – What will you pick

Jack-o-lanterns used to be turnips instead of pumpkins in Ireland. However, in the US due to a shortage of turnips, pumpkins were chosen as a substitute.



7.

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. 

8.

Bonfire or bone-fire? 

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 the after the long, harsh winter. Often, the Druid priests would throw bones of cattle into the fires. Thus, “bone-fire” became “bonfire.”



9.

The sight of Spiders on Halloween 

Halloween is not all dark and spooky, depending on how you look at it. Indeed, the sight of a spider on the night of October 31st means a deceased loved one is watching over you.

10.

Spiders, and Bats

But then again, spiders and even bats are said to be familiars of witches during The Middle Ages. Plus, bats are connected to Samhain bonfires that are supposed to drive away insects but attract bats.



11.

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.

12.

The Ancient Druids had a Different Custom

An interesting fact about Halloween is that black cats are feared as witches` familiars, but 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..”



13.

Word to the Wise 

The word “Witch” originated from an old English word “Wicce” which means “wise woman.” Witches, members of the Wiccan were highly respected at one point in time. 
They are said to have held one of their two meetings or Sabbats as they were called, during the night of Halloween.

14.

Scarecrows

Scarecrows are also one of the symbols of Halloween. They symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.


15.

The Colors of Halloween

Orange is a symbol of the fall harvest and black is generally death and darkness. After all, Samhain was a festival celebrating the boundary between life and death.


16.

Beware of the owl`s call

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.

17.

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.



18.

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.

19.

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.



20.

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.”

21.

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.”



22.

Even Prior, 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.


23.

The Second Largest Commercial Holiday in America

With Halloween being as loved as it is by the mass, it is no surprise that it is number 2 as America`s most significant commercial holiday. It is also the third major party after New Years and Super Bowl Sunday.



24.

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.


25.

Halloween Originated in Ireland

fact about Halloween 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.



26.

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.

27.

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.



28.

Halloween Romance – Apple bobbing or Matchmaking?

People 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.

29.

Try Peeling the Apple If You Don’t Enjoy Bobbing

Halloween was a marvelous time for matchmaking. Many Halloween facts 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. 



30.

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.

31.

Or 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.



32.

Halloween Beats Valentine`s Day

Candy sales and now matchmaking, Halloween has Valentine`s Day beat in every way. Halloween has twice as many chocolates sold than Valentine’s Day, with $1.9 billion made each year.

33.

See a Witch This Halloween

This spooky Halloween fact will help you see a witch this October 31st. 

Legend has it that if you put on your clothes inside out and walk backward, you`ll see a witch at midnight.



34.

Mexico Likes 1st and 2nd Of November

Instead of October 31st, in the Mexican tradition, you celebrate the Day of the Dead that is 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.

35.

Halloween Candy Is Not Poisonous

One Halloween fact that will relieve parents of their worries!

The chances of poisoned candy at Halloween are very few and far in between. The only two recorded cases 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.



36.

Unless Helen Pfeil of Greenlawn, NY Gave You the Candy

In 1964, Helen was arrested on accounts of handing out arsenic-laced candies to teenagers that she thought were too old for trick-or-treating.


37.

Halloween is Older Than Dirt

fact about Halloween that will have your mind blown is that it is believed to be over 6,000 years old, and believed to have been first celebrated around 4,000 B.C.


38.

China Has Their Way of Celebrating Halloween

China hangs dragon or animal-shaped lanterns outside their homes to guide the spirits to where they belong.

39.

Hong Kong Ward’s Off Angry Ghosts

Hong Kong has its fact of Halloween. They call the holiday “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts.” For their celebration, they light fires and leave out food to appease any angry spirits. 



40.

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.

41.

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.



42.

Or 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.


43.

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.



44.

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.

45.

Everybody Loves Chocolate

The statement couldn`t be truer for Halloween. 3/4th of the candy you get on Halloween night is chocolate.



46.

Parents Steal Their Kids` Candy

Who doesn`t like candy? Even parents admit to stealing their candy supply 90 percent of the time.


47.

Pumpkins Become Jack `O Lanterns

Halloween Jack-o-lantern is a tradition that everybody loves. Thus, 99 percent of the pumpkins sold around the holiday are carved up to lanterns.


48.

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade

It is the largest Halloween parade in the US with over 50,000 participants, and 2 million viewers.

49.

Harry Houdini

A spooky Halloween fact is that the famous magician, Houdini died on the 31st of October, 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.



50.

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. In Alabama, especially, because they will have you arrested.


51.

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.



52.

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.

53.

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.



54.

The UK Likes Black but Not White

However, a surprising twist to the tale is that The UK believes white cats to be unlucky, instead of black.

55.

No Cats Adopted On Halloween

If you are out to adopt a black cat on Halloween, be ready for disappointment.

Because of their bad rap, Adoption centers fear black cats may be sacrificed or tortured. Thus, they ban adoption on or around Halloween.


56.

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.


57.

So Was the Second World War

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.


58.

Kids Turn Over to the Dark Side on Oct 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.”


59.

Candy Corn – The Most Bought Candy

Each year 20 million pounds of Candy Corn is sold



60.

But Snickers is the All-Time Favorite

Even with the considerable amount Candy Corn bought, people still prefer snickers as their top choice.


61.

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.



62.

Do You Decorate Your Home

For Halloween, 86% percent American’s turn their homes into a Hollywood horror movie set.


63.

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.



64.

Gargoyles and Evil Spirits

Halloween scary fact: Gargoyles are not just a medieval architectural décor. 
It is believed that the medieval architects and stone carvers created them to ward off evil spirits.

65.

Vampire Bats are real

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!



66.

Age limit on trick-or-treating

A fact about Halloween, 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.

67.

Halloween movie stole Star Trek mask

Have you seen the original 1978 Hollywood Halloween Movie? 

The fact about that Halloween motion picture is that Michael Meyers`s mask is the same one William Shatner used in Star Trek, with maybe a few modifications.



68.

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.

69.

Glowing Mushrooms

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.



70.

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.

71.

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.



72.

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.


73.

Halloween Makes You Sick

It’s not just a Halloween fact; but honestly, if you eat that much candy in one night, there is no doubt you are going to get sick; eating that many sweets will give you diarrhea.


74.

Haunted Cave

Haunted Houses and spooky decorations are what make a fun Halloween, but the Haunted Cave in Lewisburg, Ohio tops them all.



75.

Candy Corn and the Jelly Belly Candy Company

Candy Corn has held the top spot as the most desired candy of all-times for people of all ages, for quite a long time. Its secret might have to do with the fact that it has had the same recipe since around 1900.


76.

Light a Candle

One spooky Halloween legend says if you light a candle and the flame turns blue, then you might be in the presence of a spirit.



77.

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 US.


78.

The Celtic Calendar

An interesting fact about Halloween is that it was initially a pagan holiday for honoring the dead. 

Additionally, it was the last day of the Celtic Calendar, the end of harvest season – Summer’s End or Samhain.



79.

Jack invented the Jack-o-lanterns

If you want a spooky Halloween fact, 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 more. 
He carved up a turnip, fitted it with a lamp, and used his “lantern” to lead people astray.


80.

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.



81.

Candy Corn or Chicken Feed

Youd be surprised to know that the fact that Halloween`s most loved candy, Candy Corn, was once called chicken feed. That was because in the 1880s corn was also used as feed for the livestock; plus, the company had a rooster on its packaging.


82.

Cartoons Helped the Rebirth of Trick-Or-Treating

It is a fact about Halloween that after the 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.



83.

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.


84.

Even Pets Have a Place on October 31st

Some pet-friendly folks even dress their pets to play a part in Halloween.



85.

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.


86.

Americans Uphold Their Halloween Spirit

One Halloween fun fact is that almost everyone can participate in the Holiday festivities. Adults and kids alike can be part of the fun. 179 million people celebrated the holiday in 2017, and in 2018 it is expected to be approximate of 175 billion. Less than the previous year, but the economy may have a hand in that.



87.

6 States Responsible for the Holiday`s Pumpkin Supply

A fun fact about Halloween is that six states of US produce most of the Holiday`s Pumpkin reserve. According to US Department of Agriculture`s statistic report, these states grew 1.31 billion pounds of pumpkin:
•    Illinois
•    New York
•    California
•    Ohio
•    Pennsylvania
•    Michigan


88.

Tootsie Rolls are not Crowd-favorite

While Candy Corns are at the top of the chart, Tootsie Rolls might not be, at least they weren’t in 2017.

A fact about Halloween is that adult or child no one likes awful candies, so staying away from the most hated ones might be a good option.



89.

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.




90.

Thank California for Chocolates

The state of California is a very crucial part of Halloween. According to the US Census Bureau, out of the 409 sites that produce non-chocolate confectionaries, California has about 45 of them.




91.

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?



92.

Safety is Priority

Another one of those weird Halloween facts 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.


93.

States that are True Halloween Fanatics

A Halloween fun fact you’d love to know is that many cities and towns in the US 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


94.

Do you have the right number of candies to hand out

A little Halloween statistical insight to help you prepare for Halloween night; the US 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?



95.

Pumpkin Contests are Very Rewarding

It is a fact that pumpkins are essentially a favored on Halloween, 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 largest pumpkin can be as high as 15000 GBP.



96.

Halloween Cake

Among the many spooky but weird facts of Halloween 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.



97.

Costumes, Décor, Candy or Greeting Cards

Halloween isn’t the second most commercial holiday in America for nothing. 90 percent of people buy candy for trick-or-treaters, spending about 2.6 billion dollars. Whereas 75 percent pay about $2.7 billion on just the décor; no Halloween party is complete without the décor.
The most expensive item is costumes. 70 percent of Americans spend about $3.2 billion on costumes alone.


98.

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.

99.

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 a crossroad, you will know all that will befall you in the coming year. 

Talk about creepy fortune telling!

Is that a spooky enough Halloween folklore?




100.

National Confectioners Association

To have an insight on just how big Halloween is to America, let me tell you what the National Confectioners Association had to say for Halloween.
According to them, 35 million pounds of Candy Corn was manufactured in 2005 – meaning almost 9 billion kernels. 
That is a lot of candy!


101.

Anoka, Minnesota

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!



102.

Born on October 31st

One of the many Halloween myths is around 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.



103.

First Halloween Card

It is an interesting fact about Halloween, being in the top ten Hallmark holidays, but what’s more intriguing is that the first Halloween Card hadn’t been printed until the early 1920s.



104.

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 October 31st, 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.



105.

Bats are more than Just Familiars

I`ve got another spooky Halloween fact 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.



106.

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.
Spooky!




107.

Empty Your Pockets

It`s not just breathing you need to be aware of; Ghosts and spirits can hitchhike in your pockets. 

Yikes!

So, if you are passing a graveyard, be sure to turn your pockets inside out.



108.

Any Black Cats Nearby?

A lot of Halloween facts have to do with cats, but 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.


109.

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.

110.

Did You Hear the Wind

On Halloween, even the breeze can be deadly.

It is believed that on the night of October 31st if you hear the sigh of the wind that blows over the feet of the dead, you are expected to die within the year.