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Updated on October 12, 2017
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Linda is a 56-year-old woman living all of her life in the North East. She has written a book of poetry "Heartfelt Emotions."

Happy Halloween

Fun Facts About Halloween

Yes it's that time of year again when the ghouls and goblins come out to play, Halloween.

This Holiday is one of the most money makers of the year. Right up there with Christmas. Spending a ton of money on costumes, candy, and cards. In fact Halloween sells more chocolate than Valentine's Day.

Back in the day of the early Halloween's Jack 'O' Lanterns were first carved out of potatoes and turnips not pumpkins. Today more than 99 percent of all pumpkins grown are used to carve faces or figures into them.

Candy Corn

Candy Corn

Candy corn was first introduced to candy connoisseurs way back in the 1880's. Today Americans purchase over 20 million pounds of this sugary goodness a year. If Brach's put the corn ends to end they would circle the earth over 4 times. This candy is so popular that Oct. 30th has been named National Candy Corn day. Candy corn has been made from the same recipe since the 1900's.

With all of these facts no wonder it's so popular, although if you ask people, there seems to be 2 groups they fit into, one they love it, or two they hate it. I happen to be one that loves the Candy goodness.



Halloween is a time to eat candy of all kinds but like in everything there has to be a top favorite. and that #1 is the Snicker bar. In fact Snickers has also surpassed a Halloween favorite but also a worldly one. It is the best selling candy in the world!

The Mars company introduced this wonderful decadence back in 1930. The Snickers was named after the favorite horse of the Mars family and originally the cost for this sweet tasting bar was a whopping 5 cents.

Halloween Capital

Capitals of Halloween

Most of us believe that there is only one Capital of Halloween being Salem Massachusetts but in reality there are 2. Salem Massachusetts and Anoka, Minnesota.

Salem was named Halloween Capital because of the Salem Witch trials and the history that surrounds them. It is also the home to Laurie Cabot the head witch and also many other witches and warlocks walk the streets there daily. Halloween is a special time of the year for the witch community but Salem is a place you can be close to the occult every single day of the year.

Anoka Minnesota on the other hand was named Halloween Capital because back in 1920 the town decided to have a celebration to deter youngsters from playing pranks on Halloween. To this day they still hold a week long celebration in the city.

Salem and Anoka both being Capitals and both for such different reasons. One based on history and the other to basically keep the peace.

Fun Facts of Halloween

There are so many facts, fun, scary and in between that follow Halloween.Every place celebrates differently but in the same ways too. It is a time for the ending of summer and the winter solstice to come into play. It is a time to have fun and enjoy the goings on of the season from pumpkin carving to bobbing for apples, but no matter how you celebrate have a blast and be safe.

© 2017 Linda L Paquette


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    • Linda L Paquette profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda L Paquette 

      15 months ago from New Hampshire/ Massachusettes

      Thank you Kristina, I love snickers also and I live close to Salem so have been there many times! Happy Halloween!!!!

    • Kristina Hearn profile image

      Kristina Hearn 

      15 months ago from Iowa

      Love Snickers! I didn't know it was the #1 Halloween candy. Yum! I got to visit Salem, MA about a decade ago and it's such an interesting town. It definitely has a Halloween vibe. Thanks for sharing!


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