This mysterious holiday gets creepier day by day.

Halloween has taken many fun, different turns over the years. First it was dressing up as something cute and fun, then heading out to get candy from neighbors and pictures on the front porch in our costumes.

Then, as a teenager it was sulking around the house until friends picked you up to head out to the local haunted house.

As a young adult it was getting dressed up (usually something slightly slutty and going to a bar with friends.

As an official adult it is decorating the house, taking the kiddos out for a fun night going door to door and raiding your kids candy bucket.

Later in life it is just siting by the front door assisting in children's addiction to candy. listed a number of interesting facts about the wicked holiday, that we all look forward too, Halloween!

1. Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

2. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die.

3. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

4. Samhainophobia (try and pronounce that word) is the fear of Halloween.

5. 50% of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum. (I like the 'Now and Later'. Taffy, Jolly Ranchers, etc. but to each his own).

6. The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccanwere highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

7. Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically 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.7.

8. Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was one of the most famous and mysterious magicians who ever lived. Strangely enough, he died in 1926 on Halloween night as a result of appendicitis brought on by three stomach punches.

9. Dressing up as ghouls and other spooks originated from the ancient Celtic tradition of townspeople disguising themselves as demons and spirits. The Celts believed that disguising themselves this way would allow them to escape the notice of the real spirits wandering the streets during Samhain.

10. “Souling” is a medieval Christian precursor to modern-day trick-or-treating. On Hallowmas (November 1), the poor would go door-to-door offering prayers for the dead in exchange for soul cakes.

Armed with that information I am now ready for Trival Pursuit the Halloween addition (which I don't think is a thing).


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