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FRIDAY FIVE : 5 WHACKY HALLOWEEN FACTS

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Friday Five is here again...

and today we've got some whacky facts you may not have known about Halloween!

1. Dancing for Candy or Money...

When it originated, people actually would DANCE for their treat. That's right, they'd put on their best show for not only candy, but money - specifically coins. 

Lesser privileged groups would even go as far as choreographing their dances in hopes of receiving more. 

2. Turnips & Beets were the Original Jack-o-Lanterns...

Check out this excerpt from Huffington Post on Stingy Jack, the fictional character from which the old Jack-o-Lantern tale is derived:

     The jack-o’-lantern comes from an old Irish tale about a man named Stingy Jack. According to folklore, Stingy Jack was out getting sloshed with the Devil when Jack convinced his drinking partner to turn himself into a coin to pay for the drinks without spending money. Jack then put the Devil, shaped like a coin, into his pocket, which also contained a silver cross that kept the Devil from transforming back. Jack promised to free the Devil as long as the Devil wouldn’t bother him for a year, and if he died, the Devil could never claim his soul. Jack tricked the Devil again later, getting him to pick a piece of fruit out of a tree and then carving a cross into the bark when the Devil was in the branches. This trick bought Jack another 10 years of devil-free living.

     When Jack finally died, God decided he wasn’t fit for heaven, but the Devil had promised never to claim his soul for hell. So Jack was sent off to roam Earth with only a burning coal for light. He put the coal into a turnip as a lantern, and Stingy Jack became “Jack of the Lantern” or “Jack o’ Lantern.” Based on this myth, the Irish carved scary faces into turnips, beets and potatoes to scare away Stingy Jack or any other spirits of the night.

I never knew this and I've been carving pumpkins all these years?! There's a fun little trivia for you to share with your friends at the Halloween party this year. ;-) 

3. Hollywood, Silly String, & Halloween...

It is illegal to use or sell silly string in Hollywood on Halloween.

WHAT?!

It was once such a popular item that people would vandalize the streets of the city on October 31st. 

A silly-string wonderland, but not. 

If you buy or use silly string on Halloween in Hollywood, you'll be fined $1,000. Just don't do it... 

4. Halloween makes a WHOLE lot of money...

 

You probably knew this already, BUT did you know just how MUCH people spend on decor, costumes, candy, and parties during Halloween?! 

Check out this info provided from Business Insider:

     "The candy industry in America rakes in an average of $2 billion annually thanks to Halloween (that's 90 million pounds of chocolate).

     Americans spend an estimated $6 billion on Halloween annually, including candy, costumes, and decorations, according to History.com"

Y'all. That's a LOT OF MONEY. Whoa. 

5. Halloween is OLD.

It is believed that Halloween originated around 4,000 B.C. That means it would be over 6,000 years old today.

That's a long time! 

The birthplace of the holiday is assumed to be in Ireland, and it is more Irish than the holiday St. Patrick's Day! 

So there ya have it! A few interesting facts about Halloween you may not (or may!) have known and can share with all your friends as we prep our costumes and buy way too much candy over the next few days!

Have a fun Halloween, everyone!

Check in with us on October 31st over on Facebook as we go live with our very own Halloween work party!

 

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