Fun Facts about Halloween are the topic of our blog post today!
It’s that magical time of year when the air gets crisp, the nights grow longer, and all things spooky come out to play. You might think you know Halloween inside and out, but I’ve dug deep to unearth a cauldron full of fascinating Halloween facts that are sure to bewitch you. And don’t worry, skeptics—each fact comes with a link to a reliable source, so you can trust you’re getting the real deal.
Before we dive into this treasure trove of trivia, be sure to check out my curated Halloween resources section. It’s a one-stop shop for teachers, parents, and anyone who loves to blend a little learning with their scares. You’ll find everything from free Halloween coloring books to ed-tech tools with a creepy twist.
Ready to have your mind spooked—in the most enlightening way? Let’s unravel the mysteries of Halloween together!
Fun Facts about Halloween
Here are some entertaining and fun facts about on Halloween , check hyperlinked sources for more information on each fact.
Origin of Halloween: Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
Meaning of ‘Halloween’: The word “Halloween” comes from “All Hallows’ Eve,” the night before All Saints Day.
Jack-o’-Lanterns: Originally, Jack-o’-lanterns were made from turnips in Ireland. Pumpkins became the go-to in America due to their abundance.
Full Moon: A full moon on Halloween is quite rare. The most recent one was in 2020, and before that, it was in 2001.
Halloween Capital: Anoka, Minnesota, claims to be the “Halloween Capital of the World,” hosting its first Halloween parade in 1920.
Candy Corn: Originally, candy corn was called “Chicken Feed” when it was created in the 1880s.
Animal Costumes: In 2020, 18% of Americans dressed their pets in Halloween costumes.
Trick-or-Treating Origin: The tradition of trick-or-treating likely comes from the medieval practice of “souling,” where people would go door-to-door asking for food in exchange for prayers for the dead.
Most Popular Costume: In 2020, the most popular children’s costume was Spider-Man, according to the NRF (National Retail Federation).
Candy Sales: Halloween is the second-largest commercial holiday in the U.S., with candy sales averaging around $3 billion.
Poison Candy Myth: Despite urban legends, there’s no credible evidence to suggest that children have been poisoned by candy received during trick-or-treating.
UNICEF and Halloween: The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign has been running since 1950 and has raised over $175 million for the organization.
Black and Orange: The traditional Halloween colors of black and orange symbolize death and warmth, respectively.
Bobbing for Apples: This game comes from the Roman harvest festival that honors Pomona, the goddess of fruit trees.
Owls and Witches: In Medieval Europe, owls were believed to be witches, and hearing one hoot meant someone was about to die.
The Birthplace of Halloween: Ireland is considered the birthplace of modern Halloween.
Chocolate Reigns: According to a report from the National Confectioners Association, chocolate makes up about 50% of all Halloween candy.
Popular Adult Costumes: For adults, witch and vampire costumes are perennial favorites.
Scotland’s “Guising”: In Scotland, children go “guising” — performing a small talent show at each house to earn their treats.
Fastest Pumpkin Carving: The fastest time to carve a pumpkin is 16.47 seconds, set by Stephen Clarke in 2013.
Most Lit Jack-o’-Lanterns: The highest number of simultaneously lit Jack-o’-lanterns is 30,581, achieved in New Hampshire in 2013.
“War of the Worlds” Broadcast: In 1938, Orson Welles’s radio play “War of the Worlds” caused widespread panic when listeners thought Earth was actually being invaded by Martians. The broadcast happened on Halloween night.
Haunted Houses: The concept of haunted houses originated from the Great Depression as a way to distract young tricksters from pranks and vandalism.
White House Decor: The White House was first decorated for Halloween by First Lady Mamie Eisenhower in 1958.
Celtic New Year: The Celts believed that New Year’s Day was November 1, making Halloween the Celtic New Year’s Eve.
World Record Costume Gathering: The largest gathering of people dressed as witches was 1,607 in 2013 in Spain.
Bats and Halloween: Bats are associated with Halloween because one of the Samhain rituals involved lighting a bonfire, which would attract bugs, in turn attracting bats.
Fear of Halloween: The fear of Halloween is known as Samhainophobia.
And there you have it, friends—a whirlwind tour through the eerie, fascinating, and sometimes downright quirky landscape of Halloween history and trivia. Who knew there was so much to learn about this bewitching holiday, right? Remember, every cobwebbed corner of Halloween has a story to tell, whether it’s the history behind our modern-day traditions or the odd facts that make you the most interesting ghoul at the Halloween party.
Don’t forget to check out my Halloween resources section, where I’ve curated a variety of goodies designed to make your All Hallows’ Eve both educational and entertaining. From free coloring books to the best Halloween reads, it’s all there, carefully reviewed and ready for you to enjoy.