10 Things You Might Not Know About Halloween
School Training Solutions would like to wish everyone a fun and safe Halloween. Remember to drive carefully, as children are more than twice as likely to be killed in a pedestrian/car accident on Halloween than on any other night.
In recognition of this holiday, we have provided these 10 interesting facts about Halloween.
|1.||Jack O’Lanterns were first made from turnips.|
|2.||In 1905, sticky molasses taffy and hot green pickles were the recommended Halloween treats.|
|3.||Americans spend approximately $6 billion on Halloween each year, making it the second highest grossing commercial holiday (after Christmas).|
|4.||Versions of trick-or-treating date back to medieval times; however, the holiday died out in America during WWII when sugar was rationed.|
|5.||After WWII, Peanuts comic strip, children’s magazine Jack and Jill, and the radio program The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, helped to make trick-or-treating popular again.|
|6.||Snickers is the most popular Halloween candy.|
|7.||On Halloween in Hollywood, you can be fined $1,000 if you use or sell Silly String.|
|8.||Candy Corn originally had no association with Halloween or fall and was called “chicken feed.”|
|9.||A few towns with Halloween-themed names include: Frankenstein, MO; Scary, WV; Spook City, CO; Candy Town, OH; Mummy Pass, CO; Pumpkin Center, CA; and Ghost Cove, FL.|
|10.||In the movie, Halloween, a William Shatner Star Trek mask was used for the main character, Michael Myers, because the movie had a very limited budget, and it was the cheapest mask they could find.|