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Fun Random Facts About Halloween

Updated on September 14, 2015

"Did You Know"

The Facts Of Halloween and other fun trivia
The Facts Of Halloween and other fun trivia

All Hallows Eve

As the darkness now draws near See the cycle of the year. As the light now goes within, Let the hallows dance begin
As the darkness now draws near See the cycle of the year. As the light now goes within, Let the hallows dance begin

Five Little Pumpkins

cute Halloween poem
cute Halloween poem

Halloween Facts

No matter what your age, the last night of October is always one to look forward to celebrating. Halloween means kids running around in costumes, family and friends getting together and a chance talk with neighbors. What other holiday do you have an excuse to eat all the sugar you want and wear whatever you want? But Halloween wasn’t always the same celebration we experience today. In fact, Halloween’s origins date back thousands of years to the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain, pronounced sow-in. It was believed that the souls of all those who died came back to find living bodies to possess for the next year.

Trick or Treat Lore

As you prepare for trick or treaters, scary costumes and lots of hair raising fun, brush up on your Halloween trivia facts and tibits. Toss a few little known facts out to Halloween party guests.

Halloween, referred to as All Hallows Eve, was originally a pagan holiday in which they honored the dead. It was celebrated on October 31 since this was the last day of the Celtic calendar. Fact is this celebration dates back some 2,000 years.

Although it is unknown precisely where and when the phrase “trick or treat” was coined, the custom had been firmly established in American popular culture by 1951, when trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip. In 1952, Disney produced a cartoon called “Trick or Treat” featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie.

Halloween Compared to Christmas

Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.

Consumers will spend over $2.5 Billion during Halloween. That's a whole lot of candy, costumes, decorations, and party goods.

Consumer average spending on Halloween has increased 54.7 percent since 2005, with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion in 2013.

On average someone celebrating Halloween, it is expected they will spend $75.03 on décor, costumes, candy and fun, down from $79.82 last year.

The National Retail Federation concludes that the Halloween Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, their will be nearly 158 million consumers who will participate in Halloween activities, slightly less than the survey high of 170 million people last year.

Halloween 2011 Fun Facts
Halloween 2011 Fun Facts

The Colors Of Halloween

Strange Halloween Facts

Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.

Eisenhower's 1958 White House was lit with an orange glow for a staff lunch given by the First Lady.

There are no other words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange. Can a holiday get any stranger than that.

Black cats were once believed to aid witches and were believed to carry the powers of the witch for casting spells.

Orange Pumpkins for Halloween

Fact is Halloween is a Trick or Treat time
Fact is Halloween is a Trick or Treat time
when kids ring a doorbell on Halloween night they all scream "Trick Or Treat"  for you to open the door
when kids ring a doorbell on Halloween night they all scream "Trick Or Treat" for you to open the door


Unusual Facts About Halloween

In 1939, there was the first written mention of trick or treat in the popular media.

Eleanor Roosevelt made the first contribution to the 1960 UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat for all the World's Children campaign. Danny Kaye kicked it off in 1965.

93% of children, under the age of 12 will go out trick or treating this year.

90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags.

Chocolate makes up about 75% of trick or treaters loot. Snickers is the #1 most poupular candy for trick or treaters.

2 icons of Halloween - ghosts and candy corn
2 icons of Halloween - ghosts and candy corn

Candy Corn

October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.
October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.
halloween fun facts
halloween fun facts

Fun Halloween Facts

The movie "Halloween" was made in 21 days in 1978.

The next full moon on Halloween night will be October 31, 2020.

86 percent of Americans decorate their homes at Halloween.

The Celts were the first to celebrate Halloween more than 2,000 years ago.

Seeing a Spider on Halloween is thought to be the spirit of a loved one watching over the person who finds the spider.

October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.

Halloween is a time for dressing up in costumes
Halloween is a time for dressing up in costumes

Top Ten

Most Popular Adults

Halloween Costumes 2011

1. Witch
2. Vampire
3. Pirate
4. Clown
5. Wench/Tart/Vixen
6. Cat
7. Devil
8. Scary Costume/Mask
9. Athlete
10. Police Officer

Halloween Black Cat
Halloween Black Cat

Top Five

Most Popular

Children's Costumes 2013

1- Princess
2- Animal
3- Batman
4- Action/Super Hero
5- Spider-Man

Halloween Spending

2013 - Halloween spending expected to reach $6.9 billion
2013 - Halloween spending expected to reach $6.9 billion

Halloween Participation

47.5% will decorate their home or yard, and 43.6% will wear a costume.

13.8% will dress up their pets.

Halloween Costumes

Origin of Halloween Costumes

The Celts believed that the souls of the dead could return to their former homes on the night of October 31. People would dress up in costumes made from animal skins to disguise themselves from these spirits. Nowadays, the ghosts and goblins we see out on Halloween night are children trick or treating.

51 million American adults wore Halloween costumes in 2008.

Americans spend more than 1.5 billion dollars on Halloween costumes every year.

1,815 costume rental and formal wear establishments across the nation in 2008.
Source: 2008 County Business Patterns

What Average Americans Will Spend on Halloween

• Halloween Costumes: $20.75
• Halloween Candy: $17.99
• Decorations: $14.54
• Greeting Cards: $3.02

(Source: 2009 National Retail Federation survey.)

2013 Top Halloween Costumes

Americans are expected to spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes for adults, children and pets. Total spending – including candy and decorations – is expected to reach $6.9 billion

Top Children's Costumes for 2013
1 Princess - 8.2% - 3,815,104
2 Animal - 6.1% - 2,819,860
3 Batman - 5.4% - 2,488,111
4 Action/Super Hero - 5.1% - 2,363,706
5 Spider-Man - 3.9% - 1,824,615

Top Adult Costumes for 2013
1 Witch - 9.6% - 5,141,241
2 Batman - 5.4% - 2,920,225
3 Vampire - 5.0% - 2,714,575
4 Zombie - 4.4% - 2,344,406
5 Pirate - 3.8% - 2,056,497

Top Pet Costumes for 2013
1 Pumpkin - 7.9%
2 Hot Dog - 6.9%
T3 Cat - 4.8%
T3 Devil - 4.8%
4 Witch - 4.2%
5 Superman 3.4%

Source - from the National Retail Federation

Pumpkins are defined by the Halloween Carvings kids love to create
Pumpkins are defined by the Halloween Carvings kids love to create
a Halloween pumpkin and a Black Cat
a Halloween pumpkin and a Black Cat

Halloween Pumpkins

The pumpkin is one of the oldest known vegetables.

Jack O'Lanterns originated in Ireland to keep away spirits and ghosts.

To keep your pumpkin from drying out, within a half-hour of carving a jack o’ lantern, rub the insides of it with petroleum jelly. Place a damp towel over it when it’s not on display.

Total production of pumpkins by major pumpkin-producing states in 2009. Illinois led the country by producing 429 million pounds of the vined orange gourd. California and Ohio were also major pumpkin-producing states: each produced at least 100 million pounds.

1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins are grown each year for Halloween.

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

Halloween 2011 Folktales
Halloween 2011 Folktales
Halloween night is the time for Bats to come out
Halloween night is the time for Bats to come out

Halloween Lore

One of the most popular forms of Halloween fortune-telling involved using a mirror to discover the identity of one's future husband. Although it had many variations, a typical method involved sitting before a mirror at midnight on Halloween, eating an apple and brushing one's hair; supposedly an image of your loved one would appear in the glass.

Dolly Madison is is said to haunt the White House Rose Garden.

A sliver bullet can kill a werewolf.

Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess.

Vampires are mythical beings who defy death by sucking the blood of humans.

Halloween Ghosts
Halloween Ghosts


the Friendly Ghost
the Friendly Ghost

Ghosts on Halloween

Casper™ is a friendly ghost, and one of the oldest in cartoon history. He first appeared in a series titled “Noveltoons” in 1946 and still haunts movie and television screens today.

It is said that Halloween Ghosts can cause rooms to go cold when they enter a room, never sleep, have no idea of time passing, and can read other people's thoughts.

George Reeves, the man who played Superman on TV, is said to haunt his home where he died. Several people have reported seeing a phantom George Reeves dressed in his Superman costume.

May You Have A

Happy Birthday Jamie
Happy Birthday Jamie

Halloween Consumer Highlights 2013

NRF infographic at the ways Americans plan to celebrate Halloween in 2013– including children, adults and even pets.
NRF infographic at the ways Americans plan to celebrate Halloween in 2013– including children, adults and even pets. | Source

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    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      Glenn - thank you for that - after raising a Halloween baby I have definitely researched every angle of this fun holiday. One thing for sure is that we never ran out of a theme for making her Halloween birthday special every year.

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      Glenn Stok 

      8 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I realize you wrote this for Halloween a year ago. I always enjoy learning new facts about things that I didn't know. This was a very interesting Hub as you really did your research. It should do just as well this Halloween season. Thanks. Voted up.

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      I have one more for you , Halloween fact that is.. . my daughter was born on this best holiday of the year, no wonder why I love it so much!!!

    • pakpub profile image


      9 years ago from Ohio

      Who knew there were so many fun facts about Halloween. Thanks for sharing!

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      @Wendy - hard not to love Halloween, dressing up and candy, what more can a girl ask for!

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      @ KoffeeKlatch Gals - thanks for stopping by for a little Halloween fun with me.

    • tony0724 profile image


      9 years ago from san diego calif

      shari you know you are my kinda wench !!!! :)

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      @sunforged - just think now you have a great word to teach your daughter for her first halloween!

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from New York, NY

      @viking305- with Halloween so close I started researching the history of the holiday and like you there was so much I didn't know about Halloween!

      @jane - take a good hubber to know another one with a great eye for halloween!

      @tony - you be the pirate and Ill be the wench!

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      9 years ago from At the Gemba

      A true ancient British festival that is celebrated more by Americans than by us Brits! I used to live near an American Airbase when I was a kid, guess where I used to spend my Halloweens..

    • Dorothee-Gy profile image


      9 years ago from near Frankfurt/M., Germany

      Great article and great pictures! I love Halloween, especially the colors and the decoration, and everything connected to the fall. Thanks for reminding me of the great time that's waiting right around the next corner...

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      9 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Shari, that was a pretty cool hub about Fun Facts of Halloween. Some of the stuff you mentioned I've never heard of. Besides, some of the fact with regards to what is spent(money wise) for Halloween are amazing. Great job!

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      Wendy Krick 

      9 years ago from Maryland

      My kids are too big to trick or treat. So I always get extra candy. I love Halloween.

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      9 years ago from Virginia

      You have a great hub about Halloween here Shari! It is worth reading to learn some of the lesser known facts you present!

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      Dave Mathews 

      9 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Even though Halloween has no place in Christianity, and at 62 I'm just a little old for getting dressed up and going trick or treating for myself, I love seeing the kids and their zany costumes ranging from a simple sheet to the most eloborate characters imaginable.


    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I am impressed by your hub. I loved the information, the way you placed the pictures and information together that made it flow. I think for me I nenjoyed the tale about sitting in front of a mirror before midnight brushing your hair and eating an apple and your true loves image would appear. What a fun and informative hub.

    • sunforged profile image


      9 years ago from

      "pronounced sow-in"

      I have truly always wanted to know that, and have even restrained myself from verbally saying the word in random Halloween talk.


    • tony0724 profile image


      9 years ago from san diego calif

      I wanna be a Pirate ! And just for the record I love Reeses peanut butter cups !

    • Jane@CM profile image


      9 years ago

      Oh my goodness girl, your layout on Facts about Halloween is amazing! I love it!

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      L M Reid 

      9 years ago from Ireland

      I really enjoyed reading all these facts about Halloween. I must say that most of them I was not aware of.

      Yes we in Ireland celebrate Halloween in big way too like in America. The kids have a great time Trick or Treating on the night.


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