With Halloween right around the corner it might be time to share some little known facts about Halloween.
There are really two sides to the annual October 31st holiday.
The first is a “dark side”, and I am not talking about Darth Vader and Star Wars here. The dark side of Halloween is it’s history. If a person researches the roots of Halloween it is obvious that 4 ancient Festivals have influenced this annual holiday. The Roman Feralia Festival, the Roman Pomona Festival, the Celtic festival Samhain and Catholic Hallowmas (All-Saints-Day) all have their fingers in our Halloween Traditions.
What makes Halloween dark is that all these festivals have an element of death or the honoring of pegan gods.
I personally do not care for the spooky part of Halloween. I like the lighter side. The part where my kids dress up as their favorite cartoon character and have fun at a costume party. Then they go and solicit candy from the neighbors so that I can keep the dentist employed. That is the side of Halloween that I like.
Our list today is from the lighter side of this spooky holiday. Here are 7 little known facts about Halloween.
1. More than 93% of children under the age of 12 and 50% of the staff of THE TOP 7 will go out trick-or-treating this Halloween.
2. The United States produces about 1.1 billion pounds of Pumpkins every year. Annual sales of pumpkins is valued at $141 million with the majority of those pumpkins are sold around the Halloween Season.
3. Over $1.5 billion is spent on costumes each year and more than $2.5 billion on other Halloween paraphernalia.
4. Over 10% of pet owners dress their pets in Halloween costumes. I hear that Jeff is going to dress up his dog NIKKI as a super hero this year.
5. More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces – enough to circle the moon nearly 4 times if laid end-to-end.
6. Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
7. Around 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags.
“My name is Kent and I admit that I am a Halloween Candy Sneaker.”
Be safe as you celebrate Halloween this year.