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The Lighter Side (Oct 2018)

October 30, 2018
  1. Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask.  Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.
  2. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
  3. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
  4. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
  5. Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
  6. The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
  7. Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
  8. 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.
  9. Both Salem, Massachusetts, and Anoka, Minnesota, are the self-proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world.
  10. Boston, Massachusetts holds the record for the most Jack O’Lanterns lit at once (30,128).
  11. Halloween is correctly spelled Hallowe’en.
  12. Comedian John Evans once quipped: “What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o’-lantern by its diameter? - “Pumpkin π.”
  13. The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States. The parade includes 50,000 participants and draws over 2 million spectators.
Source: Fact Retriever
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