There are tons of facts behind the magic of Halloween and the meanings of Halloween rituals that we celebrate, but do you know these spook-takular fun facts?
- According to the National Retail Federation, in 2014, people spent approximately $2.8 billion on Halloween costumes.
- Have you thought your local haunted house was the longest walk through ever because of how horrific it was? Well, you're probably wrong. The longest haunted cave resides in Lewisburg, OH, measuring at 3,564 feet and has been named the world's longest haunted house by the Guinness World Records. It is even located underground, just 80 feet below an abandoned mine. ...It's no big deal, right?!
- Trunk-or-treat was created in 2000, as a safer alternative to the typical trick or treating on Halloween night. Local organizations tend to host a trunk-or-treat around this time of year, putting candy in the back of a truck, car trunk, etc. while dressing up in costumes for children to "trick-or-treat" to.
- You may think you only have a few weeks or, at most, a few months to eat your Halloween candy, but some actually last longer than you think. Dark and milk chocolate tend to last up to two years if they are stored in a dry, odor free area. Hard candies can last for a year, while any unopened bags of candy corn can last up to nine months.
- You may think that majority of states in the U.S. produce their own pumpkins during this fall and Halloween season, but in 2014, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, Illinois, California, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan produced majority of the pumpkins. With all combined, they have produced 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins.
For more strange Halloween facts where these came from, visit the Woman's Day website, here.