Halloween Fun Fact: The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings on Halloween night.
Halloween Fun Fact: The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.
Halloween Fun Fact: According to Irish legend, Jack O’Lanterns are named after a stingy man named Jack who, because he tricked the devil several times, was forbidden entrance into both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern.
Halloween Fun Fact: The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown in 1993. It weighed 836 pounds!
Halloween Fun Fact: Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
Halloween Fun Fact: Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.