Fun Halloween Facts for Kids! Why do we go Trick-or-Treating? Why do we Celebrate Halloween?

Ever wonder why we celebrate Halloween or why we go trick-or-treating?  Where did Halloween originate from and why do we wear costumes?  Read the Halloween facts below to find out the answers to these and other questions.  Also check out Vampire Facts and Pumpkin Facts for Kids.

    • Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
    • Halloween is celebrated on October 31st.
    • Halloween has also been called All Hallows Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhain and Summer’s End.
    • Halloween has been associated with the ancient Roman festival of Pomona that celebrated the harvest goddess Pomona.
    • Halloween has also been associated with the Celtic festival of Samhain or “Summer’s End.”
    • During medieval times in Ireland and Scotland, the Samhain festival was held at sunset on October 31st and lasted through daylight on November 1st.  It marked the ending of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “dark season.”
    • Some people believed that during Samhain, a door was opened from the underworld and it let the spirits or ghosts into our world.
    • During Samhain people would put out food and drinks in front of their homes for the spirits and ghosts.
    • During Samhain people would dress up in costumes to disguise themselves from the dead.  They would often go from house to house enjoying each others food and drinks.
    • Halloween was brought to the US by Irish and Scottish immigrants during the late 18th century to the early 19th century.
    • Original  trick-or-treaters received mostly fruits and nuts not candy.
    • Trick-or treating became popular in the US in the 1930’s .
    • 52% of trick-or-treaters prefer chocolate candy such as candy bars over hard candy such as lollipops.
    • The word witch comes from the old saxton word “wica” meaning “wise one.”
    • The first Jack O’ Lanterns were made out of turnips.
    • In old Irish folk law, Jack O’ Lanterns came from the legend  Stingy Jack.  Stingy Jack was a farmer, when died he was turned away from both heaven and hell.  He was forced to roam the streets looking for a final resting place.  Legend says that he carved out a turnip, placed a lit piece of coal inside and used it as a lantern.  He held it to light his way.
    • The largest pumpkin on record weighed 2,032 pounds.  The record was set on October 11, 2013.
      It is believed that if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you.
      Magician Harry Houdini (1847-1926) died on Halloween night.
      The largest Halloween parade is held every Halloween in Greenwich Village located in Manhattan, New York
      Pumpkins were originally grown in Mexico.
      Pumpkins are not only orange, but can grow to be blue, white or green.
      Black and orange are the colors of Halloween.  It is believed that the orange color represents harvest and the Fall season.  The black color represents death and darkness.
      In Mexico they celebrate Dias de los muertos or Day of the Dead on November 1st.  It is a big celebration that honors family and friends who have passed away.
      In Hong Kong Halloween celebrations are known as Yue Lan  meaning Festival of the Hungry Ghosts. During Yue Lan celebrations fires are lit and food and gifts are offered to angry ghosts looking for revenge.
      Did you know that over 90% of parents steal their children’s Halloween candy!

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