Halloween Facts for Kids
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 other’s 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!
Bat – A small nocturnal flying mammal. Vampires are believed to turn into bats. Click here to find out more about bats.
Bogeyman- A fictional character that is believed to scare children who misbehave.
Boo- A word used to scare people.
Brew- A stew cooked by a witch.
Broomstick – A mode of transportation for a witch.
Candy – Sweet treats.
Cape- A long sleeveless garment that is worn to hang over shoulders. Vampires are believed to wear capes.
Creepy– A feeling of uneasiness or fear.
Costume – An outfit worn as a disguise on Halloween.
Fangs- The two sharp pointy top teeth. Vampires are believed to use their fangs to bite humans necks to suck their blood.
Frighten – To scare
Ghost – A spirit of someone who has passed away.
Ghoul – A fictional flesh-eating monster.
Goblin– A fictional mischevious creature that causes trouble.
Grisly– Intense fear, extremely gruesome
Gruesome– Causing repulsion or horror
Halloween – A holiday celebrated on October 31st where children dress up in costume and go trick-or-treating.
Haunted – A place that is often visited by ghosts.
Jack-O-Lantern– A pumpkin that has a carved out face with a candle inside.
Magic – The power to make things happen by mysterious or supernatural forces.
Monster – An imaginal creature that is usually large and ugly and scares children.
Mummy- A dead person that has been wrapped in layers of cloth to preserve their body.
Nightmare- A very scary dream.
Prank– A trick or practical joke.
Skeleton – A firm structure of a living thing that is made of bones.
Skull – The skeleton of the head and face that encloses the brain and supports the jaw.
Spooky – Something that is mildly scary.
Trick-or-Treat– When children dress up in costumes and visit peoples houses asking for candy.
Vampire-(fictional) A living dead person that sleeps in a coffin all day and awakens at night to search for people to bite and suck their blood. Click here for more vampire facts for kids
Warlock– A male witch
Werewolf– (fictional) A person that turns into a wolf when there’s a full moon.
Wicked – Bad or evil.
Witch– A female that is said to have magical powers and cast spells on people.
Witchcraft- Magic that is practiced by witches.
Zombie – (fictional) a walking dead person that roams around feeding on human flesh.