31 Fun Facts for 31 Days

By: Anne Littlepage


1. Irish immigrants brought Halloween to the U.S.


2. The most lit jack-o-lanterns on display is 30, 581.


3. Trick or treating has existed since medieval times.


4. Candy wasn’t given out to trick or treaters until the 1950’s.


5. Skittles are America’s favorite candy.


6. Candy corn is America’s least favorite candy.


7. Candy corn was originally called chicken feed.


8. Silly string is banned in Hollywood on Halloween.


9. Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926.


10. The world’s longest haunted house is 3,564 feet long.


12. Disney’s Hocus Pocus was originally called Halloween House.


13. “It” is the most successfully commercial horror film of all time.


14. Halloween is day with the most parties, after New Year’s and Super Bowl Sunday.


15. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange.


16. More than 93% of children go trick or treating every year.


17. The first jack-o-lanterns were actually made from turnips.


18. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.


19. Ireland is the birthplace of Halloween.


20. Pumpkins are classified as a fruit, not a vegetable.


21. The average bag of candy that one child collects on Halloween contains about 11,000 calories.


22. 17% of Americans dress their pets in costumes.


23. The first citywide Halloween celebration took place in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921.


24. $3.2 billion was spent on costumes last year.


25. Finding a spider on Halloween night is considered good luck.


26. The largest Halloween parade in the United States is held annually in New York City.


27. Halloween was once considered a holiday for romance.


28. A full moon on Halloween night is rare.


29. The Peanuts animated show helped revive the Halloween spirit.


30. America spends half a billion dollars on Halloween pet costumes each day.


31. An old Halloween tradition involves a Halloween cake being baked with a thimble inside. Whoever got the thimble in their slice was to be unfortunate in love for the next year.