Think You Know Halloween, Think Again

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Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday called Samhain, or All Hallows Eve, which celebrated the end of summer. (Source: AP)
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The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human. (Source: AP)
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Jack o' lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday. When Irish immigrants brought the custom of jack-o'-lantern to the USA, pumpkins were plentiful in October. Pumpkins were carved out instead of turnips. Eighty percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October. (Source: AP)
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Ghouls are evil spirits that rob graves to eat the dead. The 19th century low-life grave robbers who provided doctors with fresh corpses on which to experiment were also called ghouls. (Source: AP)
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It was said that to meet a witch you had to put your clothes on inside out and you had to walk backwards on Halloween night. Then at midnight you would see a witch. (Source: AP)
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Black cats were once believed to be witch's confidants who protected their powers.
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Traditional folklore maintains that if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you.
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Millions know Boris Karloff as the monster in the classic horror movie Frankenstein. However few know the actor's real name was William Henry Pratt.
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What "phobia" do you suffer from if you have an intense fear of Halloween? Samhainophobia.
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Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
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The first Halloween greeting card was made in the early 1900's. These days, U.S. consumers spend about $50- million on Halloween greetings.
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The name Dracula means "Son of the Devil" in the Romanian language. The novel Dracula, written by Bram Stoker, was published May 18th, 1897. Stoker worked as the business manager for London's famous Lyceum Theater between 1879 and 1889 and supplemented his income by writing novels. Bela Lugosi starred in Universal Pictures "Dracula" in 1931.
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Legendary magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit from a ruptured appendix on Halloween in 1926.
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According to ancient superstitions, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you'll see your future spouse.
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According to the National Retail Federation, the most popular Halloween costume themes for adults are, in order: witch, pirate, vampire, cat and clown.
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The concept of people handing out poisonous candy dates back to 1964 when a New York woman gave out poisonous ant buttons to older trick-or-treaters as a joke. Before then, there were no reported cases of 'Halloween sadism.' (Source: AP)
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