Happy Halloween, all! I know that your feeds are bursting at the seams with Halloween posts. I will add to that 😉 So, I decided to do something a bit different and share some random or little known facts about Halloween.
- The original Jack O’Lantern was carved into turnips, not pumpkins. Pumpkins are used in the Americanized version because they were more plentiful in the USA than turnips.
- Samhainophobia is defined as the fear of Halloween
- Tradition dictates that if you want to see a witch at midnight on Halloween, a person must wear their clothes inside out and walk backwards
- Apparently, using or selling silly string in Hollywood comes with a fine of $1,000 since 2004, in order to prevent vandalism of streets and neighborhoods
- Signs of a werewolf are said to be a unibrow, hairy palms, tattoo’s and a longer middle finger. (So, like half the guys I know…maybe minus the hairy palms.)
- This year, Germany, a country that usually enjoys wearing terrifying costumes for their Halloween celebration, has announced a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ regarding creepy clowns. This is due to the fact that the creepy clown phenom has reached Europe from the USA and following in excess of 30 attacks, robberies and the like, in Germany, the ministry doesn’t not really know how to deal with it, except to make it illegal.
- In 2007, Daylight savings time in the USA was actually changed, after many years of lobbying by the candy companies, to add an extra hour to Halloween for trick-or-treaters. It has been claimed that it was for safety reasons, as the hit and run statistics on Halloween are very high. But I think we all know it’s because adding an extra hour, means more time to trick or treat and an increased need for larger amounts of candy.
I hope you enjoyed these weird Halloween facts!
Enjoy and save some candy for me!