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17 Frightful Facts1 of 18
By Woman's Day
Get ready guys and ghouls—Halloween is here! It’s no mystery that this annual night of fright is chockful of candy, costumes and chilling decor, but do you know just how many confectionary treats are actually gobbled up on the holiday? Or the amount of cash spent to make all the macabre magic happen? Click through to discover a spooky array of facts that’ll make you the brainiest of the bunch on All Hallows’ Eve.
At Full Speed2 of 18
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the fastest time to carve a face into a pumpkin is 20.1 seconds, achieved by David Finkle of the United Kingdom. He completed the feat on Oct. 7, 2010, while filming a Halloween show for the BBC.
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Halloween, USA3 of 18
For some towns in the U.S., the Halloween theme lasts all year long, thanks to their names. A few that would be especially fun to visit for the holiday: Frankenstein, Mo.; Scary, W.Va.; Spook City, Colo.; and Candy Town, Ohio.
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Super-Sized4 of 18
No matter how scary your local haunted house is, it probably can’t top the Haunted Cave in Lewisburg, Ohio. It measures 3,564 feet long, and Guinness World Records named it the world’s longest haunted house in 2010 (until it was beaten by a haunted house in Japan in 2011). Even spookier: It’s located 80 feet below ground in an abandoned mine.
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The Kids Are All Right5 of 18
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there will be 41.1 million trick-or-treaters ages 5 to 14 in America this year. Parents are expected to spend $1.04 billion on children’s costumes—and if they’re on trend, most of the cash will go toward pumpkin, princess, witch or vampire getups.
Dear Mr. Postman6 of 18
Although the cards may be ghoulish, the sentiment is sweet—according to Hallmark, Halloween ranks as the sixth most popular card-giving holiday, with 19 million cards sent each year. Christmas comes in first place, with a whopping 1.6 billion cards sent each year.
The Golden Touch7 of 18
Halloween candy coffers wouldn’t be the same without California. Why? Because according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Golden State leads the nation in nonchocolate confectionary production. Out of the 409 sites that manufacture nonchocolate confections in the U.S., California is home to 45 of them.
Heart In Hand8 of 18
In 1950, Philadelphia-based trick-or-treaters traded in a sweet tooth for a sweet action. In lieu of candy, residents collected change for children overseas and sent it to UNICEF. Subsequently, the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program was born.
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Sweet Spot9 of 18
Valentine’s Day is no longer the sweetest national holiday—at least when it come to candy sales. More than twice as much chocolate is sold for Halloween as for Valentine’s Day; 90 million pounds of chocolate are sold during Halloween week alone. In total, $1.9 billion is spent on Halloween candy each year.
Dressed to Thrill10 of 18
Americans' enthusiasm to get in the Halloween spirit just keeps growing. According to the National Retail Federation, average spending on Halloween has increased 54 percent since 2005, with total spending estimated to reach $6.9 billion in 2013.
The Illusionist11 of 18
A working magician from the age of 17, Harry Houdini (née Ehrich Weisz) became America’s favorite magician and a world-renown legend for his daring escapes. It was only fitting, then, for this master trickster to die on October 31, 1926—from a ruptured appendix.
Feeling Corny12 of 18
Since its invention in 1898 by the Herman Goelitz Confectionery Co. of Fairfield, Calif., (now known as the Jelly Belly Candy Co.), candy corn has been wildly popular—so much so that today, more than 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.
Rock On13 of 18
It was just tricks—no treats—for Charlie Brown in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. In the 1966 TV special, he utters, “I got a rock,” while trick-or-treating. The phrase went on to become one of the most famous lines in Peanuts history.
Great Gourds14 of 18
Halloween wouldn’t be the same without pumpkins, and thankfully, there are plenty of gourds to go around. According to the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service, in 2010, the top pumpkin-producing states—Illinois, California, New York and Ohio—produced 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins.
Circle The Wagons15 of 18
Due to safety concerns, trunk-or-treating was introduced in 2000 as an alternative to hitting the pavement for candy on Halloween night. Cars are parked in a circle at a school or church parking lot, with event-goers decorating their open trunks and dressing in costume in order to hand out treats.
Money Bags16 of 18
From its vampy costumes and sweet treats to macabre household decorations, Halloween is big business. So big, in fact, that it’s the second-largest commercial holiday in America—only Christmas surpasses it in sales.
No Teen Spirit17 of 18
In 2010, Belleville, Illinois, became the latest city to ban trick-or-treating for kids over 12. Teens can face fines from $100 to $1,000 for going door-to-door (although according to officials, more often than not, over-age Halloween-goers are just given a warning).
Hold Tight18 of 18
Got leftover Halloween candy? Save it for later! Dark and milk chocolates can last up to two years if stored in a dry, odor-free spot. Hard candy can last up to a year, while unopened packages of candy corn can last nine months.
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