Halloween Random Facts II

More fun for you ghosts and goblins…

  • 48% of Americans believe in ghosts.
  • A whopping 78% of us believe in life after death.
  • The Salem Witch trials of 1692 are known for burning so-called witches at the stake. Actually, not one witch died by burning; most were put to death by hanging. One unfortunate witch was “pressed” to death and several died in prison of natural causes.
  • The first “Jack-O-Lanterns” were not pumpkins – they were hollowed-out turnips and originated in Ireland.
  • It is said that if a girl puts a sprig of rosemary herb and a silver sixpence under her pillow on Halloween night, she will see her future husband in a dream.
  • Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  • According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.
  • The custom of wearing masks during Halloween originates from the Ancient Celts. They would wear these masks in hopes that the ghosts they believe wandered around the countryside on Halloween night would not recognize them as humans.

More tomorrow!!!!  Today we are carving pumpkins, making popcorn balls and ghost cookies and hanging the rest of our decorations.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful Halloween weekend.

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