It’s Halloween today!!
Even though I was exposed to some Halloween festivities while living in South Korea, I have never seen it done in true American fashion. There are some houses decorated more than they probably would be on Christmas ~ It is crazy. We do not have any set plans to attend halloween parties, or go trick-or-treating, but I’m sure that the neighbourhood will be buzzing with activity tonight. Last night I noticed that we already have big bowls of Halloween candy set out door the front door for the trick-or-treaters that will be coming by later today.
Some fun Halloween Facts:
Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance, and tell fortunes.
It is now the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
Over 60 million children under the age of 18 in the US will be trick-or-treating tonight.
Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers as #1 and Reeses Peanut Butter Cups as #2.
Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the US.
Orange and black are Halloween colours because orange is associated with the Fall Harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
90% of parents admit to sneaking candy from their kids’ trick-or-treating bags.
Top 5 children’s costumes for 2011 were: Princess, Witch, Spiderman, Pirate and Pumpkin.
The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips, not pumpkins.
Pumpkins come in white, blue and green. Great for scary unique monster carvings.
30% of kids SORT their candy first when getting home from trick-or-treating,
20% SAVOR, 14% STASH, and 7% SWAP.
Top 5 BEST non-candy treats:
Glow bracelets, fake tattoos, mini play doh, stickers, erasers.
Top 5 WORST non-candy treats:
Raisins, Fig Newtons, Pencils, Carrot Sticks, Saltines from the pantry.