Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Halloween Trivia

This week we have a special Halloween Trivia post! One thought on Halloween: The observance of Halloween which dates back to Celtic rituals thousands of years ago, has long been associated with images of witches, ghosts, devils and goblins. Over the years, Halloween customs and rituals have changed dramatically and today the holiday has taken on a more light spirited approach. Trick or Treat: *Halloween is the second busiest selling season for retailers. It is a 7 billion dollar industry. *36 million trick or treaters were estimated for 2008. Most are children 5-13, but younger and older ones trick or treat too. *Chocolate makes up about 3/4's of the take home loot, according to the National Confectioners Assoc. *Candy corn has been made with the same recipe by the Jelly Belly Candy Company since around 1900. *Leftover candy can be chopped up and used in place of chocolate chips in cookie recipes. Second thought on Halloween: All Hallow's Eve, began as an ancient Celtic and later Roman harvest festival. When the Irish immigrated to the US in the 1800's, they brought with them a Halloween tradition-- lighting candles in turnips to keep the spirits at bay. Finding turnips in short supply in America, however, they began carving pumpkins and thus the Jack-o-lantern was born. Places to put you in the Halloween spirit: >>Transylvania County, N.C. >>Tombstone, AZ. >>Pumpkin Center, N.C. >>Pumpkin Bend, ARK. >>Cape Fear in New Hanover County, N.C. >>Cape Fear in Chatham County, N.C. >>Skull Creek, Neb. The last thought on Halloween: The Halloween customs bserved on Oct. 31st had their beginnings long ago. They came from the beliefs of the druids-- priests of ancient Gaul and Britain. The druids believed that witches, demons, and spirits of the dead roamed the earth on the eve of November 1st. Bonfires were lit to drive the bad spirits away. To protect themselves the druids offered the spirits goodies to eat. They also disguised themselves, that way the spirits would think the druids belonged to their own evil company. So, today WE celebrate Halloween by "tricking or treating," dressing up and wearing masks. Top Ten Halloween Movies: ~~Halloween ~~It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown ~~The Haunting ~~Young Frankenstein ~~Drag Me To Hell ~~The Monster Squad ~~Nosferatu ~~Night of the Living Dead ~~Halloween lll ~~Creep Show What are yours??? ~Keep on Dreaming

4 comments:

  1. This a very interesting post! we don't have halloween in france but i had the luck to see the parade in New york with my children once.For us we go to the cemetaties and it's a day of rememberance .catherine

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  2. We watched The Great Pumpkin last night while eating pumpkin pie. :-) It was fun!

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  3. Interesting trivia! The Great Pumpkin is about as frightening as I get. Anything more gives me nightmares and I wake up screaming strange phrases to Hubby. We decided a long time ago I'd better just stick with Charlie.

    Have a super blessed day, girl!

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  4. I watched The Great Pumpkin last night ~ loved it! I remember seeing "Halloween" at the movie theater as a teenager and being scared for weeks after! That would be my least favorite movie..

    Michelle

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