All Hallows’ Eve: 17 Fascinating Facts About Halloween

1Sex offender

Sex offender

In a number of cities in Texas, people on the sex offender registry have to keep their outdoor lights off on Halloween.


2Switch Witch

Switch Witch

The "Switch Witch" (also known as the "Santa of October") is something anti-candy parents are doing on Halloween. A child leaves out their bag of candy and the Switch Witch replaces it with an awesome toy.


3Ann Landers

Ann Landers

Ann Landers is responsible for the urban legend of people putting razor blades in children's Halloween candy.


4Ghostwatch tv show

Ghostwatch tv show

On Halloween 1992, the UK show 'Ghostwatch' purported to show a real haunting which was spreading around the country. Banned for a decade and never re-aired, it was blamed for several traumas, including a suicide.


5Samhainophobia

Samhainophobia

Samhainophobia is the medical term for the irrational fear of Halloween. The root word is expressive of the ancient Celts who held a ceremony called Samhain in order to honor the harvest cycle.


6Des Moines and St. Louis

Des Moines and St. Louis

Only in Des Moines and St. Louis, local Halloween tradition calls for children not to say "trick or treat," but to tell a joke in order to earn candy. This stems from a Depression-era attempt to curb hooliganism.


7Land of Oz theme park

Land of Oz theme park

The abandoned Land of Oz theme park in North Carolina, deserted for decades, reopens just once a year for two days leading up to Halloween.


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8Pet costumes

Pet costumes

Americans spend nearly $400 million on Halloween pet costumes each year.


9Harry Houdini

Harry Houdini

Magician Harry Houdini died on Halloween on October 31, 1926.


10Pork pastries

Pork pastries

The Witchcraft Act 1735 banned pork pastries such as sausage rolls in Britain on Halloween. The law wasn't repealed until the 1950s.

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