13 Spooky Things You Never Knew About Halloween

Halloween is the one time each year when we can pretend to be our favorite foods or favorite celebrities. We attend parties dressed as mermaids and superheroes, admiring decorations and, let's face it, eating delicious candy. But how much do we really know about one of the most popular American holidays?

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Halloween wasn't always a day for trick-or-treating, but rather a Celtic holiday on the day the dead returned to the earth. So, where did all of our traditions come from? Who is the jack-o'-lantern really named after? Why do we carve pumpkins? Use these shocking facts to prepare a quiz at your Halloween party and see how much your guests really know about All Hallow's Eve.

Every year, we spend money to decorate our lawns, buy costumes, and create frightening Halloween-themed parties. This holiday has become an iconic part of October and a cherished American tradition. What would October be without carved-out, lit-up pumpkins lining the streets? These spooky Halloween facts will get to the bottom of this holiday. You can even use them to show off your Halloween knowledge at your next fall party over some delicious pumpkin dessert. Halloween is frightening enough, but some of these historical facts make it even spookier. 

Ancient Origins

Halloween started as a Celtic festival of Samhain, celebrated on October 31, when the Celts believed the dead returned to the earth. On this day, people gathered to light bonfires, offer sacrifices, and pay homage to the dead, according to History Channel.

Candy Collection

In America, the candy industry earns an average of $2 billion annually due to Halloween, according to Business Insider.