Fun Facts

 

Halloween is the most interesting holiday in the world. Here are some fun facts about it.

How did Halloween get started?

Like many other holidays, Halloween has evolved and changed throughout history. Over 2,000 years ago people called the Celts lived in what is now Ireland, the UK, and parts of Northern France. November 1 was their New Year's Day. They believed that the night before the New Year (October 31) was a time when the living and the dead came together.

The tradition of Halloween was carried to America by the immigrating Europeans. Some of the traditions changed a little, though. For example, on Halloween in Europe some people would carry lanterns made from turnips. In America, pumpkins were more common. So people began putting candles inside them and using them as lanterns. That is why you see Jack 'o lanterns today.

History.com has the full story.

When are other American holidays celebrated

Holiday When Celebrated
New Years Day January 1. Federal holiday.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Third Monday in January
President's Day Third Monday in February
Easter
First Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox (fixed at March 21) and is therefore celebrated between March 22 and April 25 inclusive.
Mother's Day Second Sunday in May
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Father's Day Third Sunday in June
Independence Day July 4. Federal holiday.
Labor Day First Monday in September
Colombus Day Second Monday in October
Halloween October 31
Veteran's Day
November 11. If Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, Federal Government Offices are closed on Friday November 10. If Veterans Day falls on a Sunday, they are closed on Monday November 12.
Thanksgiving Fourth Thursday in November
Christmas December 25. Federal holiday.

How popular is Halloween in the United States?

According to CNN, a whopping 64% of Americans celebrated Halloween in 2015.

What about pets?

12.9% of pet owners plan to dress up their pets this year.

How much does the Halloween industry generate each year?

Consumers in the United States spend over 7 BILLION dollars annually on Halloween. The average amount Americans will spend on candy, costumes, and decorations is $71.34.