Interesting Facts About Halloween: Scariest Night Of The Year!

Many countries all over the world celebrate Halloween. It is most popular today as an evening when kids ‘treat or trick,’ knocking on the doors in their neighborhood, dressed in different costumes and hoping for some treats.
Halloween is the season for little goblins and ghosts to take to our streets, asking for candy and even scaring one another silly. Some characters tell scary stories around the fires; scary films appear in the theaters, and the pumpkins are expertly carved into jack-o’-lanterns. Throughout the world, different countries have their weird Halloween customs – and some of them are downright bizarre.
Halloween is a Western Christian annual celebration which falls on October 31st, also referred to as the feast of All Saints. Many people believe that festivals of the dead and European harvest festivals influenced it. The word ‘Halloween’ wasn’t used until the 1500s.
As we all know, Halloween is the scariest night of the year, where some individuals say spirits can wander the earth freely, and others say their kids can roam the neighborhood unattended, causing havoc or trick-or-treating.
It is no mystery that this yearly night of fright features a chilling decor, costumes, and candy, but do you know how many confectionary treats are gobbled up on the season? Below are some interesting facts about Halloween. Don’t be scared!
1. Orange and black are the two common colors associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with gold and brown, stands for the autumn and harvest. Black is usually a symbol of darkness and death and serves as a reminder that Halloween was once a festival which marked the boundaries between life and death.
2. Harry Houdini (1874 to 1926) was one of the most mysterious and famous magicians who ever lived. Surprisingly enough, he died on Halloween night due to appendicitis brought on by three heavy stomach punches.
3. The owl is the most common Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were believed to be witches and to hear the call of an owl meant someone was about to die.
4. The ancient Roman festival Pomona that celebrated the harvest goddess of similar name influenced Halloween. Several Halloween customs and games which feature nuts and apples (like bobbing for apples) date from this time. In fact, in the past, Halloween has been called Nutcrack Night and San-Apple Night.
5. The Village Halloween parade in the New York City is the biggest Halloween parade in the US, and it draws over two million spectators and includes 50,000 participants.
6. In Hong Kong, Halloween celebrations are called Yue Lan or the “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts” during which participants lit bonfires, and they provide gifts and food to appease potentially angry ghosts who might be planning for revenge.
7. You may think your local haunted house is the spookiest of all, but it possibly cannot top the Haunted Cave in Lewisburg, Ohio. It measures 1086 m (3,564 ft.) long. In fact, the Guinness World Records has recognized it as the longest haunted house in the world. Even spookier: it is located 24 m (80 ft.) underground in an abandoned mine.
8. Most of our Halloween superstitions originated in the Middle Ages–for example, concerns about the black cats came from a period when several people believed witches turned into black to avoid detection.
9. Children are twice more than likely to be killed in a car accident/pedestrian on Halloween than on any other night.
10. In several countries, such as Australia and France, the people consider Halloween as an unnecessary and overly commercial American influence.
11. People wear costumes because they believe the line between the dead and the living was blurred. They put on the masks so the spirits would not recognize them.
12. Norm Crave grew the largest pumpkin. His pumpkin was 836 pounds and broke the world record in 1993.
13. According to the traditions, if an individual wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backward during Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.

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