10 Spooky Halloween Facts

Every year people across the world celebrate Halloween. Pumpkin carving, trick or treating and dressing up in scary outfits have become part of modern culture come October 31. Here are our top 10 favourite Halloween related facts.

  1. Halloween is short for Hallows’ Eve, the evening before All Hallows Day.
  2. It is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C, meaning it has been around for over 6,000 years.
  3. Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
  4. The first Jack O’Lantern’s were made from turnips, not the pumpkins that are now popular.
  5. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
  6. Sanhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  7. The Sixth Sense is the highest grossing horror film of all time, a must watch on Halloween.
  8. Trick or treating evolved from the middle ages when people would dress up as ghosts and other creatures and perform in exchange for food and drink.
  9. The word witch comes from the Saxon word ‘wicca’, meaning wise woman.
  10. One million pumpkins are sold each year in the UK.

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