Halloween Fun Facts & Trivia

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What do ghosts drink for breakfast? Coffee with scream and sugar!

Little ghouls and goblins fill the streets looking for sweet treats on October 31st, the perfect day for all things fun and frightful. 

So to help you get in the spirit of this spook-tacular time of year, here are some interesting Halloween facts and trivia:

1.  Did you know that the original Jack O’ Lanterns were carved in Ireland out of hollowed-out turnips to ward off spirits and ghosts?

2.  There are several towns in the United States with Halloween-inspired names. The list includes Frankenstein, Missouri; Scary, West Virginia; Tombstone, Arizona and Transylvania County, North Carolina.

3.  According to legend, if you see a spider on October 31st, it’s the spirit of a loved one watching over you.

4.  The largest pumpkin on record was grown in 2010 by Chris Stevens of Wisconsin. It tipped the scales at 1,810.5 pounds! (By the way, of all canned fruits and vegetables, pumpkin is the best source of vitamin A.)

5.  Candy corn was created in the 1880s by George Renninger of the Wunderle Candy Company. Since then, it’s become a Halloween staple – in fact, the National Confectioners Association estimates that 20 million pounds of candy corn are sold each year. 

6.  Trick-or-treating dates back to the Middle Ages, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes (a sweet bread treat) on All Soul’s Day and pray for dead relatives in return.

Want some more festive fun? We’ve got some spooky jokes to tickle your funny bone this Halloween – check them out here.

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