Spooky Stats

Oct27Headline.pngBY: LAUREN COSTELLO
LMCOSTELLO@ERICKSON.COM

In searching for what to write about for this week’s article, I thought with Halloween right around the corner, why not share some facts about this holiday!

I actually learned a lot about Halloween, which is great because Halloween is my favorite holiday! I figured you pretty much went to school, dressed up for your school dance, came home, met your friends, went trick or treating, and called it a night. But there is so much more!

First, did you know that Halloween is actually more Irish than St. Patrick’s Day? It’s true! Halloween comes from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain”. The Celts believed that ghosts of the dead walked around Earth on this holiday which led to people leaving “treats” out for them. Pretty cool, huh?

Another tradition for some New Englanders stems from cabbage. This idea involves pranksters collecting stinky and rotten vegetables and leaving them on their neighbor’s porch. Gross! Let’s hope that doesn’t happen to you this year.

What about Halloween colors? Where did orange and black come from. Well, orange is actually a symbol of strength and endurance while black is a symbol of death and darkness. Both colors, along with gold and brown, also relate to fall!

Next is my favorite, candy corn! Most people think this is the most disgusting thing they have ever eaten. But for some reason, I live for the day I see these bags go on the racks in the grocery store! In fact, nearly 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year!

And last, did you know that Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas?

Pretty interesting, right?

Make sure you tune to Channel 973 on Halloween to watch last year’s Halloween Costume Contest! Then, check the TV Guides the following week to watch this year’s show!

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