Dress like a zombie, everyone’s doing it! Wear your clothes inside out if you want to see a ‘real’ witch! How you can find “Mr. Right” tonight too…..if you hang up a wet blanket just right? In honor of Halloween tonight, check out these Halloween fun facts to get in the spooky spirit!
Costume Customs: The biggest 2011 trend for Halloween costumes is zombies, according to the National Retail Federation’s annual Costumes Survey. According to their numbers, approximately 2.6 million men, women, and children have indicated they will dress up as zombies this Halloween. Other popular costumes among U.S. adults include witches, pirates, Batman, cats, vixens, ghosts, nurses and vampires. Top children’s costumes include witches, Batman, pirates and vampires, as well as princesses, Spiderman, pumpkins, fairies, action/super heroes, Disney princesses and Star Wars characters.
In 2010 there were an estmated 41 million trick-or-treaters between the ages of 5 and 14.
More than 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins were grown last year in major pumpkin-producing states. Illinois led the way with an estimated 427 million pounds of jack-o-lanterns. That’s a lot of pies!
It’s great to be a dentist….The per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010 was 24.7 pounds.
That’s the spirit! According to a recent survey, in 2011, 43.9 percent of Americans plan to dress in costume, 34.3 percent will throw or attend a party and nearly 23 percent plan to visit a haunted house. Another 49.5 percent will decorate their home or yard, 47.8 percent will decorate a pumpkin, and 73.5 percent will hand out candy.
How did they carve that? Believe it or not, the first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
Poor Thanksgiving…Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas. According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will shell out $72.31 on decorations, costumes and candy in 2011, up from $66.28 last year.
Boo! Samhainophobia is the intense fear of Halloween.
Chocolate rocks! Duh…50 percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24 percent who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10 percent who preferred gum.
Ghosts like candy, too! 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.
Talk about your wet blanket…Scottish girls believed they could see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of the fire on Halloween. Other girls believed they would see their boyfriend’s faces if they looked into mirrors while walking downstairs at midnight on Halloween.
Want to see a witch? According to an old tradition, if you want to see a witch on Hallloween, put your clothes on inside out and then walk backwards.
Hope you have enough candy!
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