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Random : Halloween Facts
Do you know how to avoid possession by evil spirits, why we wear fancy dress or the real meaning behind the name ‘Dracula’? You better get clued-up quick as the scariest night of the year is on its way.
The 31st October has long been a date when the veil between worlds is thinnest and everything from ghouls and evil spirits to Satan himself can climb through and wreak havoc. On a night like this nothing is quite what it seems so it’s best you are prepared with everything you need to know, whether you’re fighting off a ghost or wrestling the competition at the local pub quiz.

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1. Halloween is one of the world’s oldest traditions, it began in Ireland and dates back 2000 years to the Celts who called it Samhain.
2. In the Celtic calendar, 1st November was the start of the New Year, and they celebrated their version of New Year’s Eve known as All Hallows Eve. They believed that in the transition between years, on the night of October 31st, the human and spiritual worlds become less secure and spirits that died recently would rise up and roam the earth.
3. Trick or treaters used to receive fruits and nuts, not chocolate and sweets. Would you traipse up and down the road knocking on doors for a couple of apple slices?
4. Pumpkins aren’t only orange, they also come in white, blue and green. Why not get creative this Halloween?
5. Today, Halloween is the second most-expensive day in the year after, you’ve guessed it, Christmas.
6. Did you know you can make humbug sweets using only brown sugar, water and peppermint extract? A fun way to prepare for trick or treaters!
7. The Halloween costume actually had a practical purpose – the Celts would dress up in order to blend in with spirits.
8. When All Hallow’s Eve was co-opted by Christians, the new tradition became to dress up as the devil in the belief that Satan would flee when he saw people mocking him and attacking his pride.
9. The famous magician, Harry Houdini, died on 31st October 1926 and a tradition has developed among fans of trying to contact Houdini during a séance at Halloween.
10. Witches used to be honoured and were known as ‘the crone’ amongst the Celts until a fear of older women, particularly those who didn’t marry, spread and the kindly figure of the crone morphed in the popular mind into a cackling evil witch.
11. The name ‘witch’ comes from the old Saxon word ‘wica’ and it means ‘wise one’.
12. Halloween is also celebrated around the world. It is popular in the UK, China, Japan, Brazil, Greece and Romania.
13. Halloween is especially popular in Ireland, when children dress as creatures from the underworld. Trick or treating is also popular and October 31st is the busiest night of the year for the police.
14. The colours orange and black are often associated with Halloween. Orange originally signified the autumn harvest, while black was associated with darkness and the line between life and death.
15. The 1978 film Halloween is considered to be a horror classic. It was made on a tight budget, with the actors wearing their own clothes and helping with odd jobs.
16. The ancient Celts first wore masks and costumes on October 31st, so they would not be recognized by wandering ghosts. Bonfires were lit to ensure the sun would return next year.
17. Jack O’Lanterns were originally made from turnips, but are now made out of pumpkins. They are supposedly named after a mean man named Jack who was condemned to wander the earth waving his lantern to mislead people.
18. Nearly 19,000 tons of pumpkins are sold in the US and UK every Halloween season.
19. The name Dracula means ‘son of the Dragon’ and was taken from a bloodthirsty 16th-century conqueror called Vlad Dracula, better known as Vlad the Impaler.
20. Many of the games traditionally played at Halloween including bobbing apples date back to the ancient Roman festival of Pomona.