Monthly Archives: October 2015

Fun Facts of Halloween

Spooky silhouette of a tree against a large moon in a night sky

Halloween is just around the corner!  It’s one of Yoko’s favorite holidays and my all-time favorite of the year.  I can’t wait to dress up and eat all the candy!

Ever since I was a little honu, Halloween has always been super fun.  Every year, we go to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin to carve into a jack-o-lantern.  We also dress up as our favorite characters and eat a bunch of sweets.  Now, there are even a bunch of spooky events to attend in the spirit of Halloween. Have you been to the Haunted Plantation or the Haunted Maze yet?

It wasn’t always like this though. Halloween has been celebrated for centuries all over the world and has gone through quite a few changes to become what it is today.

Here are 5 interesting Halloween facts that Yoko and I discovered:

  • In many different cultures, October 31st represented the end of summer and the start of the harvest season
  • Halloween was first introduced in America by Irish and Scottish immigrants. This was during the late 18th to early 19th centuries
  • Trick-or-treating only started to become popular in the United States during the 1930’s
  • Before there was chocolate and candy, children received fruits, nuts, and even coins!
  • The first Jack-o-Lanterns were actually carved from turnips and were named after an Irish legend of a man named “Stingy Jack”

There were so many more interesting things that we learned about Halloween, and you can read more about them here.

Now that our history lesson is over, we are ready to dress up and hit the town for some candy!

Have fun, and stay safe.  Happy Halloween, everyone!