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This week before all Hallow’s Eve I wanted to share with you some interesting facts about Halloween. (And don’t mind the sexiness … the guys just haven’t been around for awhile and thought they’d just hang around and visit.)

1. Halloween’s roots can be traced back to Celtic culture in Ireland. According to their “Druid” religion, November 1st was New Year’s 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. (That’s one heck of a party! And after a night like that … it’s the morning after that would bring the walking dead!)

2. The first Halloween celebration in America took place in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921. (I’m thinking they danced around a bon fire and made sure this guy was around to make sure it all stayed safe.)

3. Druids wore masks on Samhain to protect themselves from goblins, ghosts and evil spirits because it was believed the dead walked the earth. (And I’m thinking a little blindfold on Halloween might be juuuust enough.)

4. Vampire bats are real and they do drink blood. They live in Central and South America and feed on cattle, swine, and horses. Whether there are real human vampires depends on who you talk to. (And if there are vampires and they looked like Alex O’Lauglin … I’d happily let them take a bite out of me!)

5. Halloween’s colors are black and orange. To Pagans, orange represents strength, valor and energy. Black absorbed and banished evil. Non-Pagans viewed orange as the color of autumn and harvest; black as signs of death and malevolence. (Sometimes all you need is black and white.)

6. The original Jack-o-Lanterns were mangel-wurzels, large yellowish beets. According to legend, Jack was a mean spirited Irishman who outsmarted the devil. When Jack died, he was denied entrance to both Heaven and hell. The devil threw him a lump of coal to guide Jack on his eternal earthly journey and he put it in a mangel-wurzel.(Tht’s right sweetie, stay close, I won’t let you get lost in the dark.)

7. In an early form of trick-or-treating, Celts costumed as spirits are believed to have gone from house to house engaging in silly acts in exchange for food and drink. (I wonder what sort of acts this guy is up to?)

8. 90% of parents admit to sneaking goodies from their kids’ Halloween trick-or-treat bags. (Maybe we should bind his hands to be sure he’s a good boy. đŸ˜‰ )

9. Halloween is second only to Christmas in spending. Consumers will spend over $2.5 Billion during Halloween. That’s a whole lot of candy, costumes, decorations, and party goods. (Pshaw… it’s the margarita mix and salt! Yee Haw!)

10. A man in Rhode Island broke the pumpkin record this year, growing a gourd that weighed 2009 pounds! He smashed the former record of 1818 pounds grown by a couple in Quebec, Canada in 2011. (Yeah, yeah, whatever … how about handling this guy?)

11. More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be produced this year. That equates to nearly 9 billion pieces – enough to circle the moon nearly 4 times if laid end-to-end. (How about I wrap myself around this man candy just once?)

12. “Witch” comes from the Saxon word meaning “Wicca” which means wise one. Witches were thought to be wise enough to predict the future. (I’d just like this guy to work his magic on me!)

13. The world’s fastest time to carve a pumpkin recorded in the Guiness Book of World Records was 54.72 seconds by Stephen Clarke of the US. (Sorry, Stephen, there’s not one woman walking this earth that thinks 54 seconds is a good time!)

NOTE: No Ouji boards were harmed in the writing of this blog.

Since Easter is only days away. I couldn’t help but share some facts I discovered about candy. And of course I had to include pictures of um … candy. 

1. Americans spend $1.9 billion on Easter candy. (Halloween tops the chart at $2 billion.) (And some candy is free.)

2. Americans consume 16 billion jelly beans. If laid end to end it would circle the globe 3 times. (And sometimes three is enough.)

3. Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats. Monks baked them and gave them to the poor during Lent. (And here are some yummy buns.)

4. In 1953 it took 27 hours to create a marshmellow peep. Today it takes 6 minutes. (6 minutes … oh, a lot of candy can be enjoyed in 6 minutes!)

5. 90 million Easter bunnies are produced each year. (Hmmm, let me sit right and here and think about that.)

6. Pretzels were originally associated with Easter. The twists of a pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossed in prayer. (Now I lay me down to sleep…)

7. Adults prefer milk chocolate (65%) to dark chocolate (27%) (But really … won’t any candy do?)

8. As many as 4.2 million peeps can be made each day. (And if all candy were this delicious I wouldn’t make another peep.)

9. Jellybeans didn’t become an Easter treat until the 1930’s. (Who needs jelly beans when there’s candy this sweet.)

10. As you’ve noticed candy makers offer more and more Easter specific products. M&M first introduced their pastel candies in 1980. (All candy is pretty.)

11. During the Easter season, Americans purchase over 700 million peeps. (But by my count 6 is plenty.)

12. Candy is a relatively recent addition to the Easter tradition. Chocolate eggs were first made in Europe in the early 1800’s. (Well, once more … thank you for candy!)

13. In 2001 Americans consumed 7 billion pounds of Easter candy. (And sometimes we just drooled over it.)