Halloween fun facts you never knew

So you’re planning on getting all dolled up this Halloween, right?

You’re going as a sexy cat or a sexy cop or a sexy nurse.

Your costume is made of just inches of fabric, but it’s cool, because it’s the one night a year when you can really push the envelope and show a little bit (or a lot a bit) of leg.

But I’m just curious.

How many of you know the real history of Halloween?

That it evolved from a pagan festival called Samhain celebrated by the Celtic people more than 2,000 years ago?

It’s true.

And today, Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays celebrated by more people than ever before and is America’s second largest commercial holiday after Christmas

Sadly, it seems that every year we get more and more caught up in the overpriced costumes and candy that have become a hallmark of the Halloween holiday, that we lose touch of the true meaning and spirit of Halloween.

Check out these Halloween fun facts. Not only could you be the sexiest nun at your haunted house, but also, the wisest!

  1. More than 157 million Americans plan to celebrate Halloween this year, according to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics
  2. This year, Yahoo News conducted a survey to find out what your favorite and least favorite Halloween candies are. Got a guess? Turns out, we love peanut butter cups the most, with 21 percent of respondents vote for best candy. Our least favorite? Licorice. Eighteen percent of you said you’d pass on red and black.
  3. Did you know The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips? Yep! Sticking a candle inside carved turnips used to be believed to keep the wandering spirits away on Samhain.
  4. How about the biggest pumpkin? Did you know the largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. Pumpkin? Good god.
  5. Halloween” is short for “Hallows’ Eve” or “Hallows’ Evening,” which was the evening before All Hallows’ on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31.
  6. Trick-or-treating has been around for a long time.Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
  7. Actually, Versions of trick-or-treating have existed since medieval times. In the past, it was known as “guising” where children and poor adults went around in costumes on Hallows eve begging for food and money in exchange for songs or prayers. It was also called “souling.”
  8. Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.
  9. Shout out to Boston, Massachusetts, who holds the record for the most Jack O’Lanterns lit at once (30,128)!
  10. Perhaps the most frightening fun fact about the Halloween holiday today is how much we’re spending. Between costumes, candy and pumpkins the average American is spending anywhere between $70 and $80 each Halloween; contributing to a total average US expenditure of $7.2 billion dollars annually since 2011. YIKES!

Creep it real and happy haunts everyone!