Fun Halloween Trivia

 

Jack-o-lantern and other Halloween and fall decorations

The Peachtree Place Blog invites you to prepare for Halloween by learning a thing or two about this holiday and its origin. Read our post for some fun trivia facts that you can use to impress your friends; or, turn these facts into a fun game to play at your Halloween party.

 

Fun Halloween Facts

 
  • The first jack-o-lanterns were made in Ireland out of hollowed out turnips. When the Irish brought this tradition to America, they apparently decided that pumpkins were easier to carve than turnips, and the modern-day Jack-o-Lantern was born!

 
  • Although there are many theories on the origin and history of Halloween, it is generally accepted that Halloween dates back to an ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain, or the Celtic New Year.

 
  • According to legend, a unibrow, tattoos, hairy palms, and a long middle finger are all signs of a werewolf. Other common traits include unusual strength, an irrational fear of water, and glow-in-the-dark red eyes!

 
  • According to the Extreme Chocolate annual Halloween candy survey, Candy Corn was the most popular Halloween candy in 2004. In previous years, Snickers had held the #1 spot.

 
  • The world record for heaviest pumpkin is currently held by a gigantic gourd weighing a whopping 2,096 pounds — that’s as much as a small car! Beni Meier, the Swiss gardener who grew the massive fruit, had to use a special vehicle to transport it.

 
  • The word “Halloween” means "hallowed evening" or "holy night"

 
  • The colors black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of harvest and autumn. Black is a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.

 

What are you going to dress up as for Halloween? Share your costume ideas with the rest of our apartment community in the comments. We hope you have a fun-filled holiday here in Columbia, SC!

 

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