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Halloween Trivia

 

 


To keep your pumpkin from drying out, within a half-hour of carving a jack o’ lantern, rub the insides of it with petroleum jelly. Place a damp towel over it when it’s not on display.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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People in the United States eat an average 26.2 pounds of candy each year, half of which is chocolate. (How many pounds do you think are Halloween treats?)

 

 

 


A pumpkin is a berry in the cucurbitaceae family, which also includes cucumbers, melons, gourds, and squash. All of these plants are native to the Americas.
 

 

 

 

 


 

 


Casper™ is a friendly ghost, and one of the oldest in cartoon history. He first appeared in a series titled “Noveltoons” in 1946 and still haunts movie and television screens today.

 

 

 

 


Jack o’ lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts. From 1845 to 1850, more than 700,000 Irish immigrated to the United States, where pumpkins were available.

 

 

 

 Halloween History

Holidays and festivals have been celebrated at the end of October for thousands of years. The word "Halloween" has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contraction of All Hallows Eve.

November 1, "All Saints Day", is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints. But, in the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain (sow-en), or the Celtic New year.

One version says that, on that day, the disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the preceding year would come back searching for living bodies to possess for the next year. It was believed to be their only hope for the afterlife. The Celts believed all laws of space and time were suspended during this time, allowing the spirit world to mingle with the living.

Naturally, the living did not want to be possessed. So on the night of October 31, villagers would put out the fires in their homes, to make them cold and undesirable.  They would then dress up in ghoulish costumes and noisily parade around the neighborhood, being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess.

The custom of Halloween was brought to America in the 1800's by European immigrants.
 

 

 

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