Halloween Facts 2015

BOO! Halloween is just round the corner so to
celebrate we
ghost leftghost have find some very interesting facts,
read on to find out whether
a black cat is lucky or
unlucky, the size of the biggest pumpkin and more!

Halloween is on the 31st October every year.turnip

The first Jack o’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

witches hatJack o’Lanterns are named after a farmer called Jack who is said to have carved a turnip to use as a lantern.

The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings on Halloween night.owl

Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches.

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The largest pumpkin ever measured was in 2014 weighing 2,323 lb (that’s 1,054 kg).

You may think pumpkins are orange but they can also come in white, red, green, yellow and blue!

Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

Halloween first started around 2,000 years ago!

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Ancient traditions believed that by dressing up as ghosts and wearing masks, they would be safely disguised and the real ghosts would not be able to recognise them as humans.

Black cats are thought to bring good luck in the UK.

 


In Mexico, locals traditionally celebrate Days of the Dead on the 1st November, instead of celebrating Halloween. During the festival people will hold parades and family meals. People often decorate their homes with colourful lanterns, paper skulls and skeleton costumes.

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Halloween came from the festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the start of winter.

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