The word Halloween originally came from the Middle English ‘Alholowmesse’ meaning “All Saints Day”. The night before Alholowmesse was called “All Hollows Even (evening)” which was eventually shortened to “Hallowe”en” till it just became “Halloween” in the 20th century.
- Today in North America, around $3 billion is spent every year on Halloween costumes alone.
- Haunted house attractions bring in about half a billion dollars annually.
- The most popular adult Halloween costumes are witch costumes and vampire costumes.
- The most popular childrens Halloween costume are princess costumes and witch costumes.
- Around 35 million children, in the U.S., between 5 and 13 years old go trick or treating every year, which is around 90% of all children in that age group.
- 90% of the pumpkin is made up of water.
- Some so-called vampire bats do drink blood, but they’re not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on cattle, horses, and birds.
- Orange and black became Halloween colors because orange is associated with harvests and black is associated with death.
- Of all canned fruits and vegetables, pumpkin is the best source of vitamin A. Just a half-cup of the orange stuff has more than three times the recommended daily requirement.
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