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Unusual Facts About Halloween

It's Halloween Eve!!! All pumpkins will be carved and lit to show their creativity. Tomorrow evening kids will be putting on their costumes for this Halloween year to go trick-or-treating. Many homes will have their light on to hand out candy while others are take their children around to gather some.

Halloween is the start to bring the year to an end. Pumpkins are not just used for Halloween, but also pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Did you know that the majority of the pumpkins come from six states: IL, CA, OH, NY, PA and MI? Here are some more facts about Halloween.

1. The name Jack-O-Lantern comes from an Irish folktale about a man who tricked he devil numerous times and when he died he was forced to walk the Earth with a carved out turnip to light his way.

2. The superstition of black cats comes from the beliefs and the early pilgrims. They believed witches can change into black cats and back.

3. In 2017 the most hated candy was Circus Peanuts, candy corn, wax coke bottles, Necco Waffers, Mary Janes, Tottsie Rolls, Smarties, black licorice and Good & Plenty. Favorites were Snickers, Twix, Kit Kat, Nerds, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles, and Reese cups.

4. Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

5. In 2013, parents spent around $1 billion on children's costumes. In 2014, that amount tripled.

6. Halloween is the 2nd largest consumer holiday in the U.S. In 2015, consumers spent around $7 billion combined.

7. Harry Houdini, the America's favorite magician, died on Halloween in 1926.

8. Trick-or-treating came from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits that roamed the streets of Samhain.

9. Bon fires originated from a pre-Halloween celebration of Samhain. Fires were lit to bring the sun back after a long, hard winter. Druid priests would throw bones of cattle into the flames giving it the name "bone fire".

10. Salem, MA and Anoka, MN is self proclaimed Halloween capitals of the world.

Everyone have a safe and Happy Halloween from Elite Wildlife Removal.

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