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Halloween Weird Facts
Costumes, pictures, pumpkins, and customs are all apart of Halloween. On this page you will find them all, and more. Check out the movies, the trivia, the costume pictures...I love Halloween and if you found this page, you must too.
Ireland And Halloween Customs
The Celtic people of Ireland had a custom of lighting bonfires on Halloween and when the fire was nothing but ash, they would put the ashes in a circle. Each family member would put a stone inside the ash circle. Your stone would represent you. The next day if a stone was out of the original place it had been set down, the Celts believed the person whose stone was moved would die in the upcoming year.
Germany Halloween Customs
The Germans prayed for the souls of the dead at Halloweentime. That's not so weird...what is weird is they would put all the knives in the house away so no harm would come to the spirits who returned.
Chinese Halloween Customs
Teng Chieh is the Halloween festival in China. Bonfires and lanterns are lit to light paths for the spirits who may travel the earth on Hallow'een. Boats of the Law are made from paper and lit on fire when darkness falls. This is done to free the spirits and to remember the dead. Photographs of deceased family are set up with food and water placed in front of them.
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13 Halloween Trivia Questions
Halloween makes a great subject for trivia since there are so many scary legends and superstitions surrounding this holiday. Let's find out how much you know about the ancient history and myths that surround this Fall holiday.
1. According to ancient legend, what happens if you stare into a mirror аt midnight оn Halloween, whаt are you supposed to see?
2. What were Jack-O-Lanterns first made of?
3. Name the ancient festival that has evolved into the holiday we now call Halloween.
4. Superstition tells us that there is a Halloween creature that has a unibrow, tattoos, and a very long middle finger...what is that creature?
5. Can you rhyme a word with orange?
6. What is the correct way to spell Halloween?
7. How did Halloween begin in America?
8. Why do we associate the colors black and orange with Halloween?
9. How many witches were burnt at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials?
10. Why do we put candles in Jack-O-Lanterns on Halloween?
11. What do you call the fear of Halloween?
12. What is Halloween called in Mexico?
13. How much candy is sold in the United States at Halloween time?
Halloween Trivia Answers
1. According to an ancient Halloween legend, if you stare into a mirror at midnight you will see your future spouse in the mirror.
2. The first Jack-O-Lanterns were made not from pumpkins, but from turnips.
3. Halloween as we know it has evolved from the ancient festival of Samhain, оr thе Celtic New Year.
4. The Halloween creature that has a unibrow, tattoos, and a very long middle finger is a Werewolf.
5. There is no word in the English dictionary that rhymes with orange. (Hip-hop & rapper Eminem will disagree with this)
6. The correct way to spell Halloween is Hallowe'en.
7. Halloween came to American through European immigrants. The Europeans were used to celebrating the harvest with their ghostly stories, with songs, and with their custom of dancing around a bonfire.
8. The colors black and orange have been associated with Halloween from the ancient times. Black is thought to represent darkness and death, and orange is thought to represent the harvests in the Fall.
9. No witches were burnt at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials.
10. It was an ancient custom to put a candle inside of a carved out turnip or a pumpkin as a way to keep the ghosts and spirits away from the living on Halloween.
11. Yes, there is a name for a phobia or fear of Halloween. If it is an intense fear, this phobia is called Samhainophobia.
12. Halloween is called Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead in Mexico.
13. The amount of money spent around Halloween on candy in the United States is almost two billion dollars - can you believe it?
How many pumpkins do you carve at Halloween time? Is it one, or is it 30 as seen in the picture above? How do you carve your pumpkins? Do you use a knife or a carving kit. Do you use a stencil, carve freehand, or use the good old triangle eyes, nose and jagged tooth mouth system? Check out the pictures below...they are sculpted pumpkins...frightening but beautiful at the same time.
Halloween Is Called Dia de los Muertos In Mexico
Other Names For Halloween
All Hallows' Eve
All Saints Eve
All Souls' Day
Nos Calan Gaeaf
Celtic New Year
The name Halloween comes from All Saint's Day which is November 1st. There is a mass on this date called the "All Hallows Mass" and the day before was called All Hallows Eve, which later became Hallowe'en.
Amazing Carved Pumpkins
Halloween Costume Ideas - Many You Can Make Yourself
So many Halloween costumes, so little time! You can't wear them all, so think about which costume you want to make (or buy) and dress up in on Halloween. Here are some ideas for you - some are difficult to make, others are easy. Here is the list of costume pictures on this page:
- Game Of Thrones Khaleesi & Khal Drogo
- A Witch
- A Zombie
- A Zipper Faced Zombie
- A Possessed Nun
- A Skeleton
- The Ghost From Scream
- Another Zombie
- Ghastly Little Red Riding Hood
- Jigsaw From Saw
Khaleesi & Khal Drogo Costumes
Make A Zipper Face Costume
Scary Nun Costume
Popular Halloween Symbols
Familiar symbols of Halloween are:
Scary Scream Ghost Costume
13 Scary Halloween Movies
I love to watch Halloween movies, really scary ones. Here is a list of frightening films you might like to see:
- The Amityville Horror
- The Exorcist
- The Shining
- A Nightmare On Elm Street
- Cabin In The Woods
- Silence Of The Lambs
- The Sixth Sense
- 28 Days Later
Little Red Riding Hood
Take A Ghost Bus Tour
Fun Things To Do On Halloween
1. If you happen to be in Edinburgh, Scotland or in London, England this Halloween ... take a ride on The Ghost Bus Tour. This is a "hilarious horror show" going on while you are seeing the sights of these historic cities, according to their website.
2. Are you going to be in Philadelphia on Halloween ... or close to it? Take a tour of the Eastern State Penitentiary it's called Terror Behind The Walls. And it's fun and scary at the same time, in fact it's terrifying. It's night time, you are in a prison that has housed criminals and is supposed to be haunted, and the folks running the show are trying to freak you out. So yes, it's very scary.
3. If you are in San Francisco, head down to the Mission and watch or participate in the Dia de los Muertos parade.
Dia de los Muertos San Francisco
4. Chicago has a great night planned for Halloween time. It's The Massacre Horror Movie Marathon and you might see films like:
- House of Frankenstein
- Black Sunday
- House by the Cemetery
- They Came From Within
- Lost Boys
- Evil Dead 2
- The Omen
This movie marathon runs 24 hours...now that's enough horror and fright for just about anyone. If scary movies aren't your thing you can head over to Halloween on Halstead for the annual Halloween parade.
5. Going to Boston, Mass. for Halloween? Why not stop in at ImprovBoston a Halloween bloodbath. Gore, guts, music and mayhem is what you can expect according to the website, a real musical splatterfest.
WARNING: The cast has fake blood, guts and gook on them. It is recommended that you wear a PONCHO to the show!
6. New York City has two great Halloween parades in the Village. The first is the Village Halloween parade for people. The second is the Village Pet Halloween Parade. It's the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Dogs in costumes, people in dog costumes, come and see hundreds of pets and their people in costume to celebrate October 31st.
7. Sleepy Hollow, NY, the home to the legend of the Headless Horsemen has a lot going on to entertain you and scare the pants off you too. There's the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Tours, the very frightening Philipsburg Manor, and a haunted hayride.
8. Tacoma, Washington, has some Halloween events going on if you are going to be out that way this October 31st. It's FreakNight and you are in for some fun when you attend this music & circus themed festival. Carnival rides, sideshows with acts like flame throwers and contortionists plus there is a costume contest for those who want to dress up. Check out the website for details.
Halloween In Salem, Massachusetts
9. Los Angeles has the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. It's an adult celebration where you can go to parties, dress in costume, and enjoy live entertainment with 500,000 other people who love Halloween.
10. Are you going to be near Salem, Massachusetts this Halloween? Stop in at the Festival Of The Dead, visit historical houses, visit a psychic, and go to the Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball at Hawthorne Hotel.
11. Halloween in New Orleans, home of Jazz, Voodoo, above the ground tombs, is quite different than just about anywhere else in the country. The Big Easy is known as the most haunted city in the United States. Go see the French Quarter's Phantom Ghost Tours or the Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade.
12. Orlando, Florida, home to Disney is home to the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Disney World is known as the happiest place on Earth, and it's the place to enjoy one of the happiest Halloweens ever. Be sure to visit Mickey at his Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, enjoy some fireworks and search the park for some trick or treat stations.
13. Louisville, Kentucky, boasts the World’s Largest Halloween Party held at the Louisville Zoo.