Halloween Fun Facts To Share With Your Residents
1) Washington Irving, the author of " The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" named the character Ichabod Crane after a real man by the same name whom he had been in the service with. The real Ichabod is buried in Staten Island, NY.
2) Originally trick or treaters had to dance to get their treats.
3) Halloween comes from the Celtic festival of the dead called Samhain. It was actually the Irish Celts who invented the Jack O Lantern. Before pumpkins, Jack O Lanterns were made from turnips.
4) In a few American towns, Halloween was referred to as cabbage night. This was from the Scottish fortune telling game in which girls used to use cabbage stumps to give them information on their future husbands. In the early nineteenth century, country kids would throw cabbages, corn and other vegetables at their neighbors houses.
5) Margaret Hamilton, who famously played the Wicked Witch of the West used to be a school teacher.
6) The top pumpkin producing states are: Illinois, California, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan producing over a billion pounds of pumpkin a year.
7) Since its invention in 1898, thirty five million pounds of candy corn is produced each year.
8) Halloween sells twice as much chocolate as Valentines Day. 90 million pounds of chocolate are sold during Halloween week alone. In total $1.9 billion is spent on Halloween candy each year.
9) Dark or milk chocolate can last up to two years if stored in a dry, clean place.
10) There is actually only two cases of Halloween candy ever being poisoned. And both were by the children's relatives. It is an old wives tale that Halloween has razors in their candy or poison.
11) Candy corn was originally known as chicken feed.
12) A full moon on Halloween is extremely rare. Our last one was in 2001. Before that it was 1955. Our next one isn't expected until 2020.
13) The average child collects between 3,500 and 7,000 calories on Halloween night. That means a 100 pound child who eats 7,000 calories of candy would have to play basketball for 14 and a half hours to burn it off. Or walk for 44 hours straight.
14) Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
15) Boston, Massachusetts holds the record for the most jack o lanterns lit at once. 40,128. Meanwhile the village Halloween Parade in NYC is the largest Halloween Parade in the United States. It has 50,000 marching down in Halloween costumes.
16) The Bewitched actress, Elizabeth Montgomery once played ax murderer Lizzie Borden. She didn't know at the time that she is a distant descendent of Lizzie.
17) In the television show "The Addams Family" , originally the Addams' sons name was supposed to be Pubert. But people on production thought that sounded too close to puberty and decided to go with the name Pugsley.
18) The largest pumpkin ever weighed 2,032 pounds and took 105 days to grow.
19) The 1978 movie "Halloween " was made in only 21 days on a very tight budget.
20) Dracula was inspired by real person, Vlad Tepes , known as Vlad the Impaler. He was a Romanian Lord whom was known to be very brutal.