Happy Halloween!!!

Halloween Cat

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have your costumes and candy ready. Since our neighborhood has some many young families we’ll probably have trick-or-treaters showing up as early as 5-5:30, but we’re all set. There are two giant bags of candy on the coffee table. There may have once been a third bag, but we’re not going to talk about that. I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, have fun, be safe and eat a crap ton of candy!

13 Fun Facts about Halloween

  1. Halloween is on October 31st, the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. Halloween was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.
  2. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
  3. Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  4. Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green.
  5. Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  6. Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  7. The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
  8. Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
  9. Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers as #1.
  10. Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
  11. Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
  12. Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
  13. If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.

 

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About Julie

My name is Julieanna Bucior, but I go by Julie (unless I'm in trouble). I'm thirty one. I am a bookkeeper by day, rogue fashion designer/crafter/amateur baker by night. I spend most of my time feeling like a kindergartner trapped inside an adult's body. I love reading, hanging out with my crazy cats and being silly. I'm pretty much the girl next door, with a twist.