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7 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Halloween

1. Halloween has been around a long time. It all started about 2, 000 years ago with a Gaelic festival called Samhain, which means “summer’s end”. For the Gaelic Celts, the new harvest year began on November 1st and it was their belief that on the eve of this new beginning – October 31 – the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth.

2. While on Earth, the Gaelic Celts believed that the ghosts of the dead mingled with the living and could disguise themselves in the human form. The superstition was that during Samhain they could knock on your door asking for food or money. If you did not comply you risked being cursed or haunted. Luckily now the worst that will happen if you do not provide trick-or-treaters with a treat is that your house may be egged.

The above information comes from this Halloween article I found on MSN news.

3. The fear of Halloween is called samhainophobia.

4. Many animal shelters will not adopt out black cats around Halloween time fearing that cruel acts will be committed against the innocent felines simply because of their association with this holiday.

5. Halloween falls behind only Christmas as the most commercialized holiday. According to The Pioneer Woman,  Americans are expected to spend $2.6 billion on Halloween costumes, spending $1 billion on children’s costumes, $1.2 billion on adult costumes, and $330 million on pet costumes.

6. Harry Houdini and River Phoenix both died on October 31, 2013 – Harry in 1926 and River in 1993.

7. According to Modern Mom legend says that if you see a spider on October 31, it is the spirit of a loved one looking over you. That would be the only time I would be happy to see a spider!


Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!


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