Halloween Fun Facts

  • The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips
  • The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman”. In fact, wiccan  were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night
  • The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call happyhalloween[1]meant someone was about to die
  • According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their paths.
  • Trick-or-treating evolved from ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhein, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year
  • Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween
  • Halloween is though to have originated around 4,000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years