Samhainophobia is when you have an irrational fear of Halloween.
Many animal shelters do not allow people to adopt black cats around the time of Halloween as they fear people might torture or sacrifice them.
That's because some people actually believe that black cats protect witches and their powers.
Before the use of pumpkins became a standard, people used turnips, gourds, or beats to make jack-o-lanterns. The name "jack-o-lantern"
comes from English folklore about a man named Jack who tricked the Devil several times, and therefore was forbidden entrance into both
Heaven and Hell. He was condemned to roam the Earth with only a lantern in his hand. The name itself means "Jack of the lantern".
The correct way of spelling "Halloween" is actually like this.
"Halloween" is short for "All Hallow's Eve" or "Hallows' Evening" and is believed to have originated in Ireland over 2,000 years ago.
Trick-or-treating originated from a Medieval practice called souling. Souling meant that poor people would go door to door on
Hallowmas and receive food in return for prayers for the dead. Trick-or-treating is also believed to have originated from Ireland.
The color orange often reminds people of Halloween because of the holiday's extreme use of orange pumpkins. However, pumpkins
can also be pink, red, green, white, gray, yellow, and blue. But, the color is only skin-deep as the insides are still orange.
If you or your kids plan on going out trick-or-treating, you should be careful as it's been reported on several occasions that people have
inserted razors, poison, and other dangerous materials in the candy they hand out. In 1974, for example, a boy died after eating candy
laced with cyanide.
Haunted houses are a popular attraction on Halloween, and we all know it can be scary, but nothing can actually hurt you. However, if you
worked as an employee, things might be a little different. There have been many reports of people punching, kicking, elbowing, and even
biting people in haunted houses on Halloween. That's because even though we know it's not real, our brains perceive the situation as
danger, and out of pure instinct, you might start fighting back for dear life.
A full moon can often be associated with the spookiness of Halloween, but in actuality, that rarely ever happens. The last time a full moon
occurred on Halloween was in 2001, and it's only happened four times before that starting in 1925. The next full moon to occur
on Halloween is predicted to happen in 2020.
Around $2 billion are spent on costumes every Halloween in the US. Or, more correctly, we spend $2 billion on costumes for humans.
We spend another $330 million on costumes for our pets.
$330 million that we could spend on anything else, anything at all, and we spend it on our dogs and cats. God, I hope nobody's watching us.
Okay, I'm getting off-topic here. Happy Halloween, everybody!