Halloween is like a second Christmas for people. Dressing up in costumes, kids getting candy and some scary things could happen on the last day of October. Halloween is also spooky, creepy, and full of candy and booze. Here are five things you may not have known about Halloween.
1. Harry Houdini Passed Away On October 31st 1926
Yes that’s right, Halloween can be a scary day for us all including magicians. Harry Houdini passed away at the age of 52 in Detroit from a ruptured appendix when a McGill University student stabbed Houdini repeatedly in the stomach as part of a stunt. After his funeral, a statuary bust was added to his grave in 1927, a rarity, because graven images are forbidden in Jewish cemeteries. In 1975 the bust was destroyed by vandals. Temporary busts were placed at the grave until 2011 when a group who came to be called The Houdini Commandos from the Houdini Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania placed a permanent bust with the permission of Houdini’s family and the workers at the cemetery.
2. Trick-or-Treat Was Introduced in the 1920’s
Trick-or-treating became a popular movement in North America in the 1920’s. We know that it’s kids dressing up in costumes going door-to-door to get some awesome candy, but back then, kids would threaten to pull pranks if they were not given candy (honestly kids today would do the same). After its movement, trick-or-treating became widely accepted in the 1950’s after the Second World War. The baby boomers were the first generation to have trick-or-treating that continues to be a tradition today.
3. The Original Jack-o-Lanterns Were Not Made of Pumpkins
Back before any of us existed in this world, lanterns were carved out of turnips thanks to the Irish in the 19th century. They believed that it would keep spirits away in their homes during this time of year. When Irish immigrants moved to American cities, the pumpkin became a substitute since pumpkins were a symbol of American abundance.
4. There’s A Fear For That
You either love, hate or fear Halloween. There’s a phobia for that and it’s called Samhainophobia, the fear of Halloween.There are other phobias during this time of year including; wiccaphobia (fear of witches), phasmophobia (fear of ghosts), comietrophobia (fear of cemeteries).
5. Halloween Is BIG In The Business
Halloween is one of the largest grossing holidays just right behind Christmas.The average person spends a pretty penny for this fall holiday and who wouldn’t!? With all the expensive, fancy costumes for adults and children, decorations, haunted houses and Halloween activities, October 31st has proven to be a popular holiday for all of us to enjoy before we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.