Sunday, September 18, 2011

Top Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween

We all know that Halloween is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States, but just how obsessed are Americans with this holiday? Greeting Card Universe, the world’s largest paper greeting card store, put together this list of facts about Halloween that may surprise you!

10) The traditional Halloween colors are black and orange—black symbolizing darkness,
and orange symbolizing the harvest.

9) Move over Christmas, more than 35 million Halloween Greeting Cards and Photo Halloween Cards are exchanged every year.

8) More than 60% of all Halloween costumes sold in the U.S. are to adults.

7) Halloween is the third largest party day after New Year’s Eve and Superbowl Sunday.

6) Twenty-five percent of all candy sold in the United States is Halloween candy.

5) Halloween is second only to Christmas when it comes to consumer spending.

4) Over 85% of American homes will be decorated for Halloween.

3) Apart from trick-or-treating, haunted house attractions are the most popular Halloween activity.

2) Jack o’lanterns, a tradition from Ireland and Scotland, were originally carved from potatoes, beets or turnips, not pumpkins.

1) Fear of Halloween is called Samhainophobia.

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