Facts and Stories About Halloween


Ella Rubinstein, Writer

    The first celebrated Halloween was about 2,000 years ago at the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. They believed that the dead came back to earth on the night of October 31, so they lit fires and wore costumes to ward off any evil spirits. 

    Some Halloween rituals used to include finding a husband. During the 18th century, some ladies came up with plans to find a husband. Women would throw apple peels over their shoulders and hope to see their future husband’s initials in the pattern. They would bob for apples at parties and they believed that whoever won would marry first. The creepiest tradition they had was standing in the dark in front of the mirror with a candle, hoping to see their husband’s face in the reflection. 

    Jack-’o-lanterns used to be carved out of turnips, potatoes, and beets. They originated in Ireland, but when Halloween became popular in America, we started to use pumpkins. Illinois produces up to five times more pumpkins than any other state in the US. They have over 15,000 acres dedicated to growing pumpkins. These farms usually grow and harvest more than 500 million pounds of pumpkins every year. 

    Candy corn was originally called “chicken feed”. A confectionary company used to sell this candy in a box with a rooster on the front. This was to appeal to “America’s agricultural roots”. America’s favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, followed by Skittles and M&M’s. Reese’s Cups actually used to be called “Penny Cups”. Reese’s generates over 2 billion dollars in yearly sales for the Hershey Company, and they are number one on the list of top-selling candies. They have so many different varieties of Reese’s, like Reese’s Pieces, King Size Reese’s Pieces Bars, Reese’s Eggs, season shapes, and so much more, but the original peanut butter cups are definitely the most popular. 

    Halloween is a very popular holiday and very fun to celebrate with candy, friends, costumes, and family! Happy Halloween!