13 Fun & Freaky Facts About Halloween

It’s October and you know what that means . . . Halloween is just around the corner!

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To celebrate, the spooky season is taking over the blog all month long! We’re kicking it off with 13 fun and freaky facts about All Hallows Eve.

Let’s get into it…

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1. In 4,000 BC (roughly), Celts in Ireland believed evil spirits could enter the world on Samhain (Oct. 31), so they wore costumes to disguise themselves. Cut to: stores selling “sexy pizza rat” costumes…

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2. Consumers take home 90 million pounds of chocolate during Halloween week each year; that’s double the amount sold for Valentine’s Day.

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3. What candy do New Yorkers love most? SweeTarts. Who knew?

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4. The Guinness World Record for the most people doing the “Thriller” dance was set in 2009 with 13,597 participants and their zombie jazz hands in Mexico City.

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5. Pumpkin-flavored everything wasn’t always the reason for the season. In fact, turnips and potatoes were the first veggies to be carved up Jack-O-Lantern-style.

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6. The largest Halloween Parade takes place right here in New York City! The Village Parade takes the crown with 50,000 walkers and 2 million watchers.

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Photo: Daily News

7. Scared of Halloween? Then you have Samhainophobia (a real thing).

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8. 50% of trick or treaters prefer chocolate, 24% prefer non-chocolate, and 10% prefer…gum.

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9. It turns out people invite vampires into their homes more often than you’d think . . . Dracula is the most featured character in movies.

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10. Back in the day, old women accused of being witches were typically poor and couldn’t afford horses, so they used brooms as walking sticks. As you know, this started some serious rumors.

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11. Hocus Pocus, aka the best Halloween movie of all time, was released in July! Say whaaaaa?

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12. Mysterious magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween night in 1926 from appendicitis due to three stomach punches.

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13. 3.4 pounds = the amount of candy consumed by the average American (also, the weight of a small Chihuahua in a Halloween costume according to Education First Blog).

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Photo: @PepitoChihuahua

Read more about why The Pekoe Group LOVES Halloween!