Interesting Facts About Halloween

A pumpkin is actually considered a berry, although the pumpkin’s hard shell is what makes it different from all the other berries.

The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips. We credit the Irish for adding the “O.” (When I taught Latin, we discussed Druids in Roman Britain, and we carved faces in turnips and hung them around our necks with a cord.)

The game “bobbing for apples” is believed to have originated from an ancient pagan Roman harvest festival that took place in late October. The festival honored the Roman goddess of fruit and trees – Pomona.

Choose your costume carefully if you live in Alabama. It is illegal to dress up like a priest on Halloween in Alabama.

In several states, it is illegal to have a picnic in a cemetery.

Legend has it, if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you.

Halloween tricks can actually trigger a medical condition called Samhainophobia, described in medical terms as an intense and persistent fear of Halloween that can cause people to have panic attacks.

Other Halloween-related phobias include Wiccaphobia (fear of witches), phasmophobia (fear of ghosts), and coimetrophobia (fear of cemeteries).

Forty-six percent of American adults carve a pumpkin for Halloween.

(Sources: Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, Guiness Book of World Records, National Retail) Adapted from KENS-5 on Facebook.

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3 thoughts on “Interesting Facts About Halloween

  1. I carved a pumpkin this year. Actually, I carved two. The first one was attacked and destroyed by squirrels…. Happy Halloween!

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