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10 Spooky Fun Facts About Halloween

Eva Niessner

10 Spooky Fun Facts About Halloween

Halloween is one of the best times of the year! We're always ready to hear some spooky stories, snack on delicious candy, and pick out an even better costume than we did last year. While you're awaiting Halloween night, why not read some fun facts?

1. 95% of folks who celebrate Halloween in this country will buy candy in some form or fashion, whether it's to share with kids who come by or to keep for themselves. Most people spend about around $28 on candy on average.

2. Despite the fact that candy corn evokes some strong feelings in Halloween merrymakers -- good and bad -- it's one of the most popular candies sold around this time of year. Reeses Cups are some of the most popular chocolate candies, while Skittles rank at the top of the non-chocolate options.

3. Single ladies, you might be able to get a glimpse of your future husband on Halloween night -- at least according to old legends. The folklore says that if you stand by a mirror with a candle on Halloween, you might catch a glimpse of your eventual beau's face in the glass.

4. Do you send or receive cards on Halloween? Maybe you get one from an older relative, which would make sense since Halloween cards were pretty popular back in the day. We say this is a fun tradition that should come back!

5. However, handing out candy is fairly new. It became popular in America after the second World War, when candy manufacturers were eager to get their products into the hands of kids. Before that, it was more common for children to get fruit, nuts, baked goods, and toys.

6. Things get mischievous with our neighbors just to the north on the night before Halloween! In PA and NJ, it's more common for kids to celebrate 'Mischief Night', which involves a lot of pranks and tricks, like tp'ing houses or squirting Silly String.

7. Ordering a pizza for dinner on Halloween? You're not alone. In fact, pizza sales skyrocket on Halloween, probably because it's an easy meal to serve at parties or to children who are excited to go out for treats. 

8. Last year, witches were the most popularly searched-for costume on the internet. Of course, witch outfits have long been a favorite for kids going out for candy -- it's a look that's as easy as it is iconic. 

9. Be careful! Kids are 43% more likely to get into a pedestrian accident on Halloween night, probably because more kids are out and about, and they may be more excited to run from house to house. Always supervise kiddos when you're trick or treating.

10. The most popular pet Halloween costume last year was a pumpkin, followed by a hot dog, a bat, and a bumblebee. 

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