Friday, October 4, 2013

Halloween Trivia

1. Black and Orange are typical Halloween colors. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance as well as a color of the Harvest. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and reminds us that Hallowe'en is a festival that marks the boundary between Life and Death.

2. According to legend, if you see a spider on Hallowe'en, it's actually the spirit of a loved one watching over you.

3. It's actually very rare for a full moon to occur on Hallowe'en. Although, it's predicted to occur on 10/31/2020

4. The word 'witch' comes from the Olde English wicce, meaning wise woman.

5. The first mention of trick-or-treating in print in North America occurred in 1927 in Blackie, Alberta, Canada

6. In the UK white cats are thought to bring bad luck

7. Got leftover candy? Hard candy lasts for a year, while chocolate can last up to two years.

8. Barmbrack used to be a traditional food eaten on Halloween. The bread contained objects baked into it and was used as a sort of fortune-telling game.

9. Boston, MA holds the record for the most Jack O'Lanterns lit at once - 30, 128.

10. During Samhain, bones of cattle were thrown into the lit fires - hence the name bone-fire became bonfire.


the dogs' mother said...

Leftover candy goes straight out to The Engineer's workplace!
In Canada (or maybe just British Columbia) we had fireworks on Halloween - probably to scare away spirits with no good on their agenda.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Chocolate has never lasted for 2 years in MY house. 2 days -- maybe. MAYBE.

Nichola said...

Wheee! We're decorating for Halloween this weekend!!! P.S. I totally agree with Debra... NEVER would chocolate last that long in this house either :)

Robin Larkspur said...

Love the photo of the jol lined sidewalk. Interesting trivia,and I don't understand how they could possibly have let chocolate sit around for two years. Sacrilege!

Sandy said...

fun post!! *leaves a black n orange cupcake* <3