Thursday Thirteen #39


1. Halloween’s roots can be traced back to Celtic culture in Ireland. According to their “Druid” religion, November 1st was New Years’ on their calendar. The celebration would begin on October 31st, and last into the following day. The spirits of all who died in the prior year, would rise up and roam the earth on this night. Halloween is now always celebrated on 31 October.

2. Jack o’lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.

3. Halloween candy sales average about two billion dollars per year.

4. The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night, so they began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.

5. Black cats were once thought to protect witches.

6. Some people believe that if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you.

7. According to superstition, if you stare into a mirror at midnight on Halloween, you will see your future spouse.

8. The world’s record for biggest pumpkin is currently held by a gigantic gourd weighing a whopping 1,502 pounds, grown in 2006 in Rhode Island.

9. A pumpkin is a berry in the cucurbitaceae family, which also includes melons, cucumbers, squash and gourds. All these plants are native to the Americas.

10. It is thought that the colors orange and black became Halloween colors because orange is associated with harvests (Halloween marks the end of harvest) and black is associated with death.

11. Ringing a bell supposedly scares evil spirits away.

12. Folklore says that to meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night.

13. Folklore also says that all journeys must be finished before sunset. Muah-ah-ah!

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Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

18 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen #39”

  1. What a great list. I knew some of them – the ones about Celtic lore and Samhain, but the rest was just interesting. A 1500 lb pumpkin, huh? That’s a lot of pumpkin pie!

    Happy TT!

  2. Nice TT for the season..
    BTW..when you say you have headers to share does that mean I can drag on one and use it in future tt posts? Is there some other protocol I should follow?’

  3. #14: Smart adults, on November 1st, head to various stores and load up on cheap, onsold mini chocolate bars… and then CURSE the weight they put on… until Christmas yummies remove that complaint for a new one.

  4. Wow that’s really amazing information… it’s crazy how it’s been transformed into really just a dress-up (not even in a scary costume) and eat candy day, at least here in the US and Canada lol.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog & Happy TT :)

  5. “Folklore says that to meet a witch, put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night.”

    —We also have that superstition here in my country.

    Halloween is still an exciting holiday for me, though it’s connected to ghosts and other morbid things.

    What a great list!

  6. Halloween candy sales average about two billion dollars per year?????? Two billions??? My gawd! What am I doing studying? I should be selling candies!!

    Would that be more than Valentine’s candies?

    Happy TT!

  7. Great List! And the record breaking pumpkin from Rhode Island? Incredible. To think I was so impressed by the 437lb pumpkin at our local fair this year…

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