1. Silly String is illegal in Hollywood during Halloween.
In Hollywood you can get a $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in prison for using or selling one of the most popular prank items on Halloween ever: the silly string. The product has been banned in 2004 for sale during the holiday due to “vandalizing” of the streets.
2. It’s an extremely rare occasion to witness a full moon on Halloween
Despite all horror movies depicting witches flying across a full moon we won’t be able to observe one on Halloween until 2020. We had this chance in 2001 and before that in 1955.
3. The trick-or-treating tradition has been practiced for ages
There have been many different versions of trick-or-treating in the history of mankind. Some of these pre-date the medieval times. Long ago this tradition was know as “guising” where poor old folks and children wore costumes while knocking around on people’s doors during Hallowmans and begging for food or money.
They exchanged whatever they had been given for songs and prayers. Another name for this tradition was “souling”.
4. The symbols we see during Halloween are not random at all
Bats, spiders and black cats are not just random symbols for Halloween. They are chosen because of their ghostly and spooky history. Back in the medieval ages these were the animals that witches used to cast their evil spells. All of them are associated with black magic and bad luck. The bats are even more connected to the Halloween by the Samhain ritual in which a bonfire was built in order to drive away the insects and attract the bats.
5. Trick-or-treating as we know it nowadays was brought back as a tradition by TV cartoons
This most favorite of all tradition was originally brought to the US by the Irish folk and became widely popular during the 20th century. Inevitably it was nearly forgotten during the second World War due not only to the war itself but to the sugar rationing as well. Not until 1947 and a few TV cartoons that featured costumed characters going from door to door asking for sweets helped this fun tradition to become popular again. By 1952 the trick-or-treating was alive everywhere and it has been practiced ever since.