So the little ghost, goblins and vampires will be showing up at the doorstep in a couple of days. When my children were little we lived in a wonderful neighborhood where everyone made Halloween night a social event. We had so much fun. We’ve moved into a new home and the evening has become a quiet night at home with very few trick-or-treaters showing up at the door. Which is just fine with me now that the kids are all out of the house. In honor of the holiday this week’s list is thirteen interesting facts about All Hallow’s Eve …
1. Pumpkins are fruits not vegetables.
2. Fifty-one percent of all American adults believe in ghosts. Nine percent of Americans claim to have been in the presence of a ghost during their lifetime.
3. It’s illegal to sell a haunted house in New York without informing the buyer.
4. The word witch comes from the Saxon word Wicca, which means “wise one.”
5. In France, more than 30,000 werewolf cases were tried between 1520 and 1630.
6. Phasmophobia” is the fear of ghosts.
7. According to superstition, you will see your future spouse over your left shoulder in the mirror at midnight on Halloween.
8. Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the U.S. are used to make jack-o’-lanterns.
9. According to studies, the smell of pumpkin pie is the most arousing to women, followed by lavender, cucumbers, baby powder and Good & Plenty candy.
10. Americans consume about 20 million pounds of candy corn each year.
11. There is a poisonous mushroom called a jack-o’-lantern. These mushrooms are a bright orange-yellow in color and on rainy nights they appears to glow in the dark.
12. Pennsylvania was the first colony to legalize witchcraft.
13. The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,469 pounds. It was weighed in on October 1, 2005 at the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-Off.