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13 Odd Facts About Halloween

A fun look at Halloween.

  1. Orange and black are the colors of Halloween because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is the color of darkness.
  2. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with Orange.
  3. Turnips and Beets once served as the original Jack O’ Lanterns.
  4. Halloween is the second most commercially successful  Holiday with Christmas being the first.
  5. According to superstition if you stand in front of a mirror at midnight, you’ll see the reflection of your future spouse just over your left shoulder.
  6. You can sprinkle salt and oatmeal on your child’s head to keep him or her from being possessed.
  7. In England, white cats instead of black ones are thought to be bad luck.
  8. Harry Houdini died on Halloween, in 1926 from peritonitis caused by a ruptured appendix.
  9. Burning a candle inside a Jack O’ Lantern on Halloween is believed to keep demons and evil spirits at bay.
  10. Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night to meet a witch.
  11. Gazing into the flame of a candle on Halloween night will allow you to see into the future.
  12. If you hear footsteps behind you on Halloween night don’t turn around, for it may be Death himself! And to look him in the eye is a sure way to hasten your own demise.
  13. If a bat flies around a house three times, it is considered to be a death omen.

* This is just a fun look at thirteen Halloween facts whether they are truth or superstition, you decide.


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  1. Christy Tuller

    On August 18, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday! These are interesting. Some I had heard but others are new. Here’s another one for you- place a broom by your front door to keep evil spirits from entering your home. Great article!

  2. Karen N

    On August 18, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Thanks Christy, I’ve never heard that one before>

  3. Sun Meilan

    On August 18, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I’m English, but haven’t heard about white cats being bad luck – I hope not because I have one!! Certainly black cats are thought to be lucky though – ‘black cat, cross my path, good fortune bring to home and hearth’.

  4. Lauren Axelrod

    On August 19, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Great article Karen. I might try the spouse one tonight considering I still don’t see a ring on my finger from my boyfriend of 5 years.

  5. s hayes

    On August 28, 2008 at 10:23 am

    Good stuff – I am off to sprinkle salt on my daughter

  6. ThisNachoIsCalledNic

    On September 13, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Haha thanks for this! Intresting! Next halloween I’m moonwalking myself to a witch

  7. BC Doan

    On October 9, 2008 at 8:17 am

    I’ll try #11…maybe! What if I see something I don’t like? lol

  8. Hannah

    On October 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    these are SUCH FREAKY facts! LOL!

  9. kala

    On October 23, 2012 at 1:40 am

    lozenge rhymes with orange

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