Did you know? 1- Meaning: the name Halloween is actually a shortened version of “All Hallows’ Even,” the eve of All Hallows’ Day. “Hallow” is an Old English word for “holy person,” and All Hallows’ Day is simply another name for All Saints’ Day, the day Catholics commemorate all the saints. At some point, people began referring to All Hallows’ Even as “Hallowe’en” and then simply “Halloween. 2- Trick-or-Treating: In medieval times, one popular All Souls’ Day practice was to make “soul cakes,” simple bread desserts with a currant topping. In a custom called “souling,” children would go door-to-door begging for the cakes, much like modern trick-or-treaters. For every cake a child collected, he or she would have to say a prayer for the dead relatives of the person who gave the cake. These prayers would help the relatives find their way out of purgatory and into heaven.
3- Sweet Tooth: trick-or-treaters rake in a lot of candy every October 31. According to the National Confectioners Association, Halloween is the number-one holiday for candy sales, beating out Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day. Typically, more than 85 percent of U.S. households hand out candy Halloween night. 4- Pumpkins: actually they are fruits, not vegetables, range considerably in size. Some varieties weigh less than a pound, while giant pumpkins can grow to more than 1,000 pounds!. They are 90-percent water and also contain high concentrations of potassium and vitamin A. 5- Kids And Adults too: 85 to 90 percent of U.S. children go trick-or-treating or engage in other Halloween festivities every year, and many adults also join in on the fun. The National Retail Federation found that 65 percent of U.S. adults between 18 and 34 attended Halloween costume parties or other celebrations. 6- Related Questions: Why do we enjoy being scared? Why do we enjoy dressing up as scary figures? Do you know?