Everyone knows that the 31st October is Halloween and pretty much everyone has caught onto the ‘Trick or Treat’ catchphrase…but what about the scary stuff we didn’t know?!
1) Halloween colours are typically orange and black, because…
Orange symbolises strength and endurance, as well as autumn and harvest. Meanwhile black symbolises death and darkness, reminding people that the festival lingers on the thresholds between life and death, lovely!
2) In Alabama it’s illegal to dress up as a priest
3) In Hollywood there’s a $1000 fine for using ‘silly string’ on Halloween!
4) Legend dictates that seeing a spider on Halloween is actually a loved one watching over you.
5) It’s very uncommon for a full moon to occur on Halloween, but there is one predicted for 2020
6) Ireland is supposed to be the birthplace of Halloween, with the original festival ‘Samhain’ celebrating the harvest
7) The word ‘witch’ is derived from the Old English word ‘wicce’, meaning ‘wise woman’
8) In America, many animal shelters won’t let people adopt black cats near Halloween, for fear that they will be sacrificed
9) Barmbrack used to be a Halloween specialty; bread with objects baked into it which would be the basis for a fortune telling game!
10) Halloween has also been known as All Hallow’s Eve, Witches Night, Snap-Apple Night, Samhain and Summer’s End.
11) Scottish girls believed they would see images of their future husband if they hung wet sheets in front of a fire on Halloween.
12) Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years
13) Samhainophobia is a fear of Halloween. It’s a thing!