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There’s more to this mysterious celebration than what meets the eye. This Halloween, it’s time to face some interesting facts about the spooky festival.

 

Spot the Spell-O

The correct spelling of Halloween is actually Hallowe’en.

I’m Old, Yet New!

Halloween celebrations date back 2000 years to Pagan traditions.

Behind the Mask

The tradition of wearing masks on Halloween comes from Welsh and Celtic traditions that claim the dead visit the living on October 31st.

The masks are intended to keep the spirits of the dead from recognizing the living.

Meet Jack

Jack O’ Lanterns originated in Ireland as hollowed out turnips with candles placed in them to keep evil ghosts and spirits away on the Samhain holiday.

Hello Pumpkin!

About 99% of all pumpkins sold during Halloween are used as Jack O’ Lanterns.

Get Catty

Black cats get a bad rap on Halloween because they were once believed to be witch’s subordinates who protected their master’s dark powers.

While in England, it’s just the opposite. White cats are believed to be bad luck.

The Second Best

Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday. New Year and Christmas hold the top position.

Minting Candy

Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars in the United States of America.

*Facts courtesy http://www.topcultured.com

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