I always enjoy learning a little something about the holidays we celebrate here in the United States. Many of these special days originate from unique celebrations that we don’t even think about in our modern world. Halloween is definitely one of those days, with the original purpose dating back over 2,000 years ago! The Celts celebrated their New Year on November 1st, and participated in the Festival of Samhain on the eve before. They believed that the lines between the living and the dead meshed together on this day, and that ghosts were free to roam the earth. The Celtics dressed up in costumes, often animal themed, and stood in front of large bonfires to tell each other’s fortunes. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty glad we don’t celebrate Halloween this way anymore! If that was a new fact for you, then check out some of these other amazing facts about Halloween.
1. Of all the candy sold in the United States in 1 year, one quarter of it is sold for the Halloween holiday. That’s about 2 billion dollars!
2. Halloween is only second to Christmas when it comes to commercial grossing holidays. To date, it’s estimated that 6 billion dollars is spent on Halloween in the United States each year.