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It’s the spookiest time of the year. You’ve likely already seen carved jack o’lanterns, lions-pride-halloweentombstones appearing in obscure locations and skeletons dancing in the wind, but come this weekend, you’ll see all sorts of costumed creatures!

To celebrate the scariest annual holiday, we thought it would be fun to round up fun facts about Halloween that you might not already know:

  1. After Christmas, Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday.
  2. Ireland is typically believed to be Halloween’s birthplace.
  3. Chocolate candy bars are the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers being the top brand.
  4. More than 93 percent of children go trick-or-treating to celebrate the holiday.
  5. The owl is a popular Halloween image because they were once thought to be witches.
  6. Halloween is one of the oldest celebrations in the entire world, dating back to approximately 4000 BC.
  7. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest while black is associated with darkness and death.
  8. Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, have both proclaimed themselves as the Halloween capitals of the world.
  9. The first jack o’lanterns were carved out of turnips, rather than pumpkins.
  10. More than 90 million pounds of chocolate are sold during Halloween week alone.
  11. The word, “Witch” comes from the Old English word, “Wicce”, meaning, “wise woman.”
  12. Surprisingly, Halloween ranks as the sixth most popular card-giving holiday.
  13. If you see a spider on Halloween night, legend says it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you.
  14. In 2016, superheroes have beat princesses as the most popular Halloween costume (ending their 11-year reign).
  15. A fear of Halloween is known as Samhainophobia.

There you have it, fun facts to celebrate old Hallows Eve! From all of us at Lions Pride, we wish you and your family a safe, enjoyable Halloween weekend!