* A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins.
* It's illegal to sell a haunted house in New York without informing the buyer.
* Eighty-two percent of children take part in Halloween festivities, as do sixty-seven percent of adults. * The first jack-o'-lanterns were made of turnips.
* "Samhainophobia" is the morbid fear of Halloween.
* Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year when it comes to candy sales--estimated at $1.93 billion. One quarter of all the candy sold each year is purchased between September 15 and November 10.
* The word witch comes from the Saxon word wicca, which means "wise one."
* Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green.
* In France, more than 30,000 werewolf cases were tried between 1520 and 1630.
* Dracula is the most filmed story of all time.
* The biggest pumpkin on record weighed 1,385 pounds. It was weighed in October 2003 at a pumpkin festival in Canby, Oregon.
* Trick-or-treating is an Irish tradition, based on a custom where wealthy landowners would give food to the poor on Halloween night, believing ghosts would look favorably on them for doing so and spare them from mischief.
* In Romanian, Dracula means "Son of the Devil."
* The Scots believed in "Samhanach," a goblin who came out only on Halloween and stole children.
* Halloween costume sales are estimated at $1.5 billion.
* Eighty percent of kids say their favorite Halloween candy is either chocolate or gum.
* Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables.
* Pennsylvania was the first colony to legalize witchcraft.
* There is a poisonous mushroom called a jack-o'-lantern. These mushrooms are a bright orange-yellow in color and on rainy nights they appears to glow in the dark.
* Fifty-one percent of all American adults believe in ghosts. Nine percent of Americans claim to have been in the presence of a ghost during their lifetime.
* Americans consume about 20 million pounds of candy corn each year.
* The Count Dracula Society was founded in 1962.
* In the 17th and 18th centuries, people in costumes and masks would go from house to house, singing and dancing to keep evil at bay. These people were known as "guisers."
* Americans spend about $50 million on Halloween greetings.
* According to studies, the smell of pumpkin pie is the most arousing to women, followed by lavender, cucumbers, baby powder and Good & Plenty candy.
* At one time, there were public trials and convictions of animals for witchcraft.
* In Lewis, Scotland, Halloween was once celebrated by designating one man to wade into the evening sea and offer a cup of ale to Shoney, a sea god.
* In the North of England, Halloween was called "nut-crack" and "snap-apple night."
* Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the U.S. are used to make jack-o'-lanterns.
* The first Frankenstein film was produced by Thomas Edison in 1910.
* The average U.S. household spends $44 on Halloween candy.
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