13 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween

These facts about the spookiest holiday will definitely surprise you

Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in America. We all prepare for it weeks in advance, planning and buying our costumes, decorating our home (inside and out), stocking up on all the candy, and carving pumpkins as scary as our artistic talents allow. Though we are definitely connoisseurs of hosting the best Halloween party, eating buckets of candy corn, and transforming ourselves into terrifying zombies, how much do we actually know about Halloween?

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Halloween is always a key event in our calendar, marked with as much force and excitement as Christmas, our birthdays, and Thanksgiving, but we have almost never spared a thought about why this holiday exists or where its firmly set but slightly bizarre rituals came from. On top of its quirky history and spooky origins, there are also many shocking facts and figures about this holiday that you’ll definitely be surprised to learn. (The amount of calories in all that candy you eat is just one of them!)

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From the history and traditions of this spooky day, to the most bizarre facts and laws surrounding it, read on to learn 13 pieces of information about Halloween that we’re sure you don’t already know.