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To get into the spirit of the scariest holiday on the calendar, Travelstart brings you 20 crazy Halloween facts:

 

1. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips. Irish immigrants brought Halloween to America but weren’t able to find turnips and so they resorted to using pumpkins.

turnip halloween tradition

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2. The most popular Halloween costumes for 2016 include Harley Quinn from the recent blockbuster, Suicide Squad, and every Snapchat filter you can think of.

popular halloween costume 2016

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snapchat filter halloween costume

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halloween costume popular

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3.  We think this kid’s epic Tauntaun costume is Halloween costume perfection.

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4. It is believed that if you turn your clothes inside out and then walk backwards on Halloween, you will see a witch at midnight…

5. Halloween is one of the world’s oldest celebrations as it has been around in various incarnations for over 6,000 years.

6. Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween, and Halloween is technically older than St Patrick’s Day.

7. Halloween is scary enough without suffering from Samhainophobia- the fear of Halloween.

halloween biscuits

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8. Halloween goes by many names, and has been called All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool, Snap-Apple Night, Samhaim, and Summer’s End.

halloween biscuits

9. Harry Houdini, the world famous, mysterious magician, died on Halloween in 1926.

10.  When you celebrate Halloween in Hong Kong you are celebrating Yue Lan or the “Festival of the Hungry Ghosts”. Fires are lit and food and gifts are offered to placate ghosts.

11. In Germany it is tradition to hide all the knives in your house on Halloween in order to prevent harm befalling the returning spirits.

12. The next full moon on Halloween won’t occur until 2020.

full moon

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13. In general, France is especially anti-Halloween as it is seen as American cultural imperialism.

14. There is a $1000 fine for selling or buying silly string in Hollywood on Halloween due to past vandalism.

15. The Mexican Day of the Dead is a happy celebration, remembering and celebrating family members that have passed on.

el dia dos muertos holloween in mexico

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16. If you find yourself in New York on Halloween be sure to check out the Village Halloween parade as it is the largest Halloween parade in the United States (and likely the world).

17. The tasty tradition of trick-or-treating can be traced back to the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out food and treats to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain- the sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

halloween sweets

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18. If you’re celebrating Halloween in Italy you can enjoy “beans of the dead” a delicious macaron type biscuit known as fave dei morti.

Italian halloween treat fave dei morti

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19. You can trace certain Halloween traditions back to the ancient Roman festival Pomona. Pomona was the harvest goddess and many Halloween customs and games that feature apples and nuts date from this time.

20. Halloween is big business with Americans spending on average $6 billion on Halloween each year.

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  1. The best Halloween Party will be high up in the sky in a airplane!!!

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