Monday, October 31, 2011

Top of the Halloween Mornin' to Ya!

Today is my very favorite day of the year. Not only is it the day that you get to dress up in costume and go beg for candy (or go beg for booze, if you're an adult), but it is also the last day of relative silence that you will experience before being inundated with Christmas advertisements and annoying Mariah Carey holiday songs.

So, without further ado, let's talk about Halloween and all it's wonderfully creepy glory!

  • "Halloween" comes from the term "All Hallow's Eve" which refers to a celebration of the dead. It was celebrated on October 31st, which was the last day of the Celtic calendar.
  • Speaking of Celts....Guess who's responsible for Halloween? That's right, the Irish. So, the Irish have given the world Guinness, Jameson, and Halloween? Yes. You are welcome. You see, the ancient Celts believed that the spirits and ghosts wandered the streets on All Hallow's Eve, so they would dress up in costumes and masks so they wouldn't appear as human. AND, the Irish brought you Jack-O-Lanterns.  Well, originally they were turnips...I, know. Weird. According to legend there was this guy named Stingy Jack who was a trickster who was turned away from both heaven and hell. Since he was stuck in between the two, he used a hollowed out turnip to hold his candle and give him light while he wandered around. When the Irish immigrated to America they kept this tradition, but used pumpkins instead, since everyone in the US was like "what the f*ck is a turnip?" AND, it's believed that trick or treating originated with the Irish. Apparently, Irish peasants would beg for food from the richies to contribute to the All Hallow's Eve feast. The richies didn't want a riot on their hands, so they gave them sweets and fun stuff. So, Halloween=Irish. Pretty rad, huh?
  • Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday, second to Christmas. Hey, those slutty nurse costumes aren't cheap. And do you think black and orange oreos are free?
  • Best and worst candies this year? According to the Huffington Post, it's Kit Kat for best and Smarties for worst. I also would have accepted Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Snickers and M&M's for best and pencils, raisins, and those weird, unnamed orange and black wrapped peanut butter candies for worst.
  • Highest grossing Halloween movie? Not Halloween. It was Jaws. And the Exorcist is number 2.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1446 pounds. That's a lot of beta-cerotene.
  • The first citywide Halloween celebration in the U.S. was in Anoka Minnesota in 1921.  Hmmm. Minnesota in October. I'm guessing it was also a celebration of coats and ear muffs.
  • Most popular Halloween costume this year? Charlie Sheen. Yeah. I'm not joking. I wish I was. 
  • Babies born on Halloween were believed to be born with a second sight that allows them to see and talk to the dead. 
  • Samhainophobia is an intense fear of Halloween. I know that sounds like I made it up, but I found that word on the INTERNET, where everything is true!
  • Apparently, Scottish girls believed that they could see the face of their future husband by hanging a wet sheet out by a bonfire on Halloween. I'm guessing a lot of Scottish girls thought that they would be marrying The Blob...or Philip Seymour Hoffman, based on the image they saw in those sheets.
So, there's a few facts about Halloween that you may or may not have known. Would you like a necklace to commemorate your new found knowledge? If so, have I got one for you:
And, if you use coupon code BLOG15, you'll get 15% off your entire purchase in my etsy shop. But you know that already. 

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