So it begins… the Holiday Season… Yep. I love the holidays and have been waiting and waiting for it all to begin. It’s October now, which means, I can begin my obsession with all things Halloween. yayayayayay!!!!!!
- In an early form of trick-or-treating, Celts costumed as spirits are believed to have gone from house to house engaging in silly acts in exchange for food and drink—a practice inspired perhaps by an earlier custom of leaving food and drink outdoors as offerings to supernatural beings.
- In the United States, the first citywide celebration was in Anoka Minnesota in 1921.
- Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death. (That seemed rather obvious to me.)
- The first Halloween card was made in the early 1920′s. These days, over 28 million Halloween cards are sent each year. U.S. consumers spend about $50 million on Halloween greetings
- More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces – enough to circle the moon nearly 4 times if laid end-to-end.
- In about 1 in 4 autopsies, a major disease is discovered that was previously undetected.
- Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
- Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
- Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
Those of you with kiddos, should head over to Disney’s Family Fun website for some cute little crafts to start the holiday off right!