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 "Jack o'lantern" comes from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack

"Jack o'lantern" comes from the Irish legend of Stingy Jack

  • Legend has it that Stingy Jack tricked and convinced the devil to not claim his soul.
  • When Jack died, God didn't want such a conniving person in heaven and the devil, true to his word, would not allow him into hell.
  • Jack was sent off into the night with only a burning coal to light his path. He placed the coal inside a carved-out turnip and has been roaming the earth ever since.
  • People in Ireland and Scotland began creating their own creations of Jack's lanterns out of turnips, beets, and potatoes. The tradition traveled to the United States along with the immigrants and people began to use pumpkins, native to North America, for the lanterns instead.

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Candy corn was originally called Chicken Feed

Candy corn was originally called Chicken Feed

Created in the 1880s by George Renninger, it was sold to the masses by Goelitz Confectionery Company (now Jelly Belly Co.) at the turn of the century.

Because corn is what was used to feed chickens, the creation was called "Chicken Feed" and the box was marked with a colorful rooster.

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Trick-or-treating comes from "souling"

Trick-or-treating comes from "souling"

  • Like several other Halloween activities, the tradition can be traced back to the Middle Ages and the rituals of Samhain.
  • It was believed that phantoms walked the earth on the night of Samhain, so people would dress up in costumes in an effort to repel the spirits.
  • As the Catholic Church started supplanting pagan festivals with their own holidays (like All Souls' Day), the act of souling became popular, and poor children and adults would go door-to-door dressed as spirits accepting food in exchange for prayers.

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The most lit jack o'lanterns on display is 30,581

The most lit jack o'lanterns on display is 30,581

According to Guinness World Records, the highest number of lit jack o'lanterns on display is 30,581 by the City of Keene, New Hampshire in 2013.

Keene, represented by Let it Shine, has broken the record 8 times over since the original attempt. That's a whole lot of pumpkins!

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Halloween folklore is full of fortune-telling and magic

Halloween folklore is full of fortune-telling and magic

Old English folklore about Halloween is full of superstition and fortune-telling that still lingers today, like bobbing for apples or avoiding black cats.

One piece of folklore says that if a young unmarried person walks down the stairs backwards at midnight while holding a mirror, the face that appears in the mirror will be their next lover.

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Day of the Dead should really be called Days of the Dead

Day of the Dead should really be called Days of the Dead

  • The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Los Muertos, takes place from October 31 through November 2 in Mexico and a few other Hispanic countries.
  • November 1st, Dia de Los Inocentes, honors children that died, and family members decorate graves with baby's breath and white orchids.
  • On November 2nd, Dia de Los Muertos, families honor adults who have died and place orange marigolds on grave sites.
  • The original Aztec celebration actually lasted a month-long, but when Spanish conquistadors came over to Mexico in the 16th century, they merged the festival with the Catholic All Saints' Day. 

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Michael Myers' mask is actually a William Shatner mask

Michael Myers' mask is actually a William Shatner mask

The classic 1978 horror film "Halloween" can be easily recognized in just one image: the psychotic Michael Myers in his iconic pale-faced mask.

The movie was actually filmed on such a tight budget that the crew used the cheapest mask they could find: a $2 Star Trek Captain James Kirk mask. They spray-painted it white and reshaped the eye holes, making William Shatner look incredibly creepy.

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Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival

Halloween originated from an ancient Celtic festival

  • The Halloween we know today can trace its roots back to the ancient Celtic end-of-harvest festival of Samhain. During Samhain, people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off evil spirits.
  • In the eighth century, in an effort to spread Christianity, Pope Gregory III decreed November 1 as All Saints' Day and incorporated some of the rituals of Samhain.
  • All Saints' Day was also called All Hallows and the night before, when the traditional Samhain festival used to take place in Celtic regions, was called All Hallows' Eve.

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Des Moines has a hilarious tradition called Beggars' Night

Des Moines has a hilarious tradition called Beggars' Night

The night before Halloween, young children in Des Moines hit the streets for Beggars' Night. According to an article in the Des Moines Register, the event began around 1938 as a way to prevent vandalism and give younger children a safer way to enjoy Halloween.

Beggars' Night is very similar to regular trick-or-treating, except kids are required to tell a joke, poem or perform a "trick" for a treat. The best part? The jokes are notoriously groan-worthy like, "If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims."

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The haunting of the White House

The haunting of the White House

The United States' most famous address has had several reports of ghostly appearances and eerie sounds – and that's not even including election years!

The most common ghost sighting is of Abraham Lincoln who has been spotted by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and Sir Winston Churchill. Other paranormal guests include Andrew Jackson, David Burns and Abigail Adams.

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