Big Ben and the English Parliament (London)

Sunday, October 27, 2013

15 Interesting Facts About Halloween

1 Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween: orange, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and reminds us that Halloween was once a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.
2 More candy is sold on October 28th than any other day of the year.

3 In Arkansas it's illegal to dress up as a priest.

4 The Village Halloween parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the United States. It includes 50.000 participants and draws over 2.000.000 spectators.
5 According to legend, if you see a spider on Halloween it's actually the spirit of a loved one watching over you.

6 October 30th is National Candy Corn day.

7 It's actually very rare for a full moon to occur on Halloween.

8 Pumpkins are typically orange, but they can also be green, white, red and grey.
9 Ireland is believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

10 The word "witch" comes from the Old English "wicce", meaning "wise woman". In fact, witches were highly respected people at one time.
11 Magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween.

12 In the UK white cats are thought to bring bad luck.
13 Hard candy lasts for a year, while chocolate can last up to two.

14 Thousands of people suffer from Samhainophobia, which is an irrational fear of Halloween.

15 Many shelters don't allow black cats to be adopted around Halloween, for fear that they may be tortured or sacrificed.


  • Read the information above about Halloween and find the FALSE fact.
  • Then click on the picture and check if you were right.
  • Explain in your own words: the origin of the word "Halloween" / fancy dress / trick-or-treating / pumpkin carving / jack-o'lantern / ducking for apples.
  • You can also see this VIDEO on Halloween and answer the questions.

1 comment:

  1. Halloween también conocido como Noche de brujas o Día de brujas, es una fiesta de origen celta que se celebra en la noche del 31 de octubre, sobre todo en países anglosajones como Canadá, Estados Unidos, Irlanda o Reino Unido.