13 Spooky Things You Never Knew About Halloween
Who is this Jack-O’-Lantern?
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?
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.
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Pumpkins for Carving Are Not for Pies
The sweet pumpkin flavor we crave in autumn is not from the pumpkin you carve every October. In fact, as pumpkin carving grew into a multi-million dollar industry, farmers began to breed new lines of pumpkins specifically for carving. The Howden pumpkin is the most popular carving pumpkin, while a sugar pumpkin is sweet and perfect for pumpkin pies.