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41 Spooky Facts about Halloween

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posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 03:38 PM
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Facts about Halloween you may have never of heard of. I won't post all 41 but I will post the ones I found interesting of the lot. Feel free to add your own.



1. Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.



7. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die.



14. With their link to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a precursor to Halloween) and later to witches, cats have a permanent place in Halloween folklore. During the ancient celebration of Samhain, Druids were said to throw cats into a fire, often in wicker cages, as part of divination proceedings.



26. During the pre-Halloween celebration of Samhain, bonfires were lit to ensure the sun would return after the long, hard winter. Often Druid priests would throw the bones of cattle into the flames and, hence, “bone fire” became “bonfire.”



33. Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years.

www.factretriever.com...

And from the Business Insider:


The moniker "Halloween" comes from the Catholics.
Hallowmas is a three-day Catholic holiday where saints are honored and people pray for the recently deceased. At the start of the 11th century, it was decreed by the pope that it would last from Oct. 31 (All Hallow's Eve) until Nov. 2, most likely because that was when Samhain was celebrated and the church was trying to convert the pagans.



Halloween and the candy industry supposedly influenced Daylight Savings Time.
Candy makers supposedly lobbied to extend daylight savings time into the beginning of November to get an extra hour of daylight so children could collect even more candy (thus forcing people to purchase more candy to meet the demand).




A full moon on Halloween is extremely rare.

Though a common trope in horror movies and Halloween decorations with witches flying across the full moon, the next full moon on Halloween won't occur until 2020. The most recent Halloween full moon was back in 2001, and before that it was in 1955.

www.businessinsider.com...


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posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 04:20 PM
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In the 1800's, rather than the typical Jack-o-Lanterns and witches and ghosts, New Englanders celebrated Halloween with the Halloween Fish, a supposedly carnivorous fish that would crawl out of wells and eat babies who had hair. This led to the still widespread practice of shaving a baby bald the week before Halloween to ward off the Halloween Fish.

Halloween Fish, Halloween Fish
Don't say a word, just make a wish
Shave the last hair on your baby's head
Or in the morning it will wake up dead
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posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 05:21 PM
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My birthday is on Halloween 👻 yay trivia!



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 05:33 PM
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a reply to: ADSE255

WEll STAR and FLAG to you for this insightful and spooky thread for Halloween, I especially disliked the part about throwing cats into fires... wow awful!



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 05:34 PM
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a reply to: Blue Shift

Oh God, no wonder mine all lived, I birth bald babies, lol. Wow.



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 07:38 PM
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originally posted by: antar
a reply to: ADSE255

WEll STAR and FLAG to you for this insightful and spooky thread for Halloween, I especially disliked the part about throwing cats into fires... wow awful!


Thank you. Nothing less than a disturbing end for those feral cats. All in the name of divination. Those evil hags.



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 07:40 PM
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originally posted by: Brotherman
My birthday is on Halloween 👻 yay trivia!


Hey hey! Happy soon to be Birthday!

have a drink on me
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posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 07:46 PM
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And here's the mask Mike Meyers used:



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posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 08:16 PM
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a reply to: ADSE255

"7. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die."

The owls are not what they seem



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 08:28 PM
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I feel cheated out of 28 spooky facts about Halloween.



Edit: oh, I only clicked on the business insider link -- it only lists 13. I really can count!
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posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 08:41 PM
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I'll cough one up:

Jack-o'-lanterns were originally carved turnips.



posted on Oct, 27 2017 @ 08:44 PM
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originally posted by: ADSE255
1. Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.


That is the single greatest piece of trivia that I never knew! S&F!
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posted on Oct, 28 2017 @ 02:47 AM
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a reply to: Autorico

Crafty things aren't they. I suppose anything that can turn it's head 45degrees 'should' be closely watched.



posted on Oct, 28 2017 @ 02:50 AM
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originally posted by: redtic

originally posted by: ADSE255
1. Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.


That is the single greatest piece of trivia that I never knew! S&F!


Thanks. And I've got to say, I was somewhat surprised myself!



posted on Oct, 28 2017 @ 02:59 AM
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originally posted by: ketsuko
I'll cough one up:

Jack-o'-lanterns were originally carved turnips.


Here's another one.

Originally, you had to dance for your “treat". Most experts trace trick-or-treating to the European practice of “mumming,” or “guysing,” in which costume-wearing participants would go door-to-door performing choreographed dances, songs and plays in exchange for treats.



posted on Oct, 28 2017 @ 05:40 AM
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You make it sound like this practice is way in he past, but in Scotland we do not do trick or treat, though it is being pushed more and more. We still call it guising as you are dressed in disguise. When you knock on a persons door you ask "would you like any guisers? " and if the answer is yes then you would earn your treats by entertaining the residents with a song or a dance or a poem or jokes or juggling or something. If they said they didn't want any guisers you would respectfully bid them a good evening and leave. You would NOT throw eggs or loo roll at their house or tip the contents of their bin out over their garden or any other childish and nasty vindictive act just coz you didn't get your sweeties.

Also, you don't always get sweeties, you often get handfuls of nuts or apples or even some money. In the way back days nuts, apples or money would have been seen as good sustenance for the coming winter days where food was not so plentiful and would be better than some sort of confection.

The guising tradition probably was / is still tradition in the rest of the U.K. too, but I can only give a Scottish point of view.

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posted on Oct, 28 2017 @ 06:31 AM
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a reply to: CthulhuMythos

I didn't write the articles. But thanks for the detailed info. I realize Halloween is different depending on where one lives in the world.
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posted on Oct, 28 2017 @ 08:51 AM
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a reply to: CthulhuMythos

The "trick" aspect of trick-or-treating doesn't happen all that often in the US in my opinion and when it does, it doesn't actually seem to be lined to "treating" as much as it just random kids out to cause problems.



posted on Oct, 28 2017 @ 08:55 AM
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Thanks I will drink it from the cauldron 😉



posted on Oct, 29 2017 @ 03:03 AM
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