10 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween (Halloween Facts)

Last Updated on: March 31st, 2023

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Halloween (Halloween Facts)

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Halloween is a holiday celebrated on October 31st each year, primarily in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. It is a day for people to dress up in costumes, go trick-or-treating, and participate in other festive activities.

The origin of Halloween can be traced back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31st. The Celts believed that on this night, the boundary between the world of the living and the world of the dead became blurred, and that the spirits of the dead returned to earth to cause mischief and harm.

To ward off these spirits, the Celts would light bonfires and wear costumes and masks to disguise themselves as spirits and confuse the real ones. Over time, the celebration of Samhain evolved into the modern holiday of Halloween, which combines elements of Christian, Celtic, and other traditions.

Today, Halloween is a popular and beloved holiday celebrated around the world, with people of all ages enjoying the spooky and festive atmosphere.

Halloween Facts and Stats

Largest Halloween party ever:

17,777 costumed guests in New Orleans

Origin of trick-or-treating:

19th Century Scotland

Amount spent on Halloween candy annually in the US:

$2 billion

Amount of Halloween candy purchased:

600 million pounds per year

Percentage of US households that pass out candy:


Most popular candy for trick-or-treaters:


Birthplace of Halloween:


Estimated beginning of Halloween:

Around 4,000 BC

Amount spent on Halloween-related items in the US:

$66.28 per person

The penalty for using or selling Silly String in Hollywood on Halloween:

Max $1,000 fine and 6 months in jail

Bonus Factoid: Michael Myers’ mask in the movie Halloween, was actually a William Shatner Star Trek mask
Bonus #2: Here is a list of the most popular Halloween candy in each US state.

Please note that some of these numbers are easier to find than others. Most of these fun facts come from internet reports and may not be official tallies. No information contained on DMR should be relied upon to make investment decisions. Basically, this is the best I can find and I don’t guarantee anything to be 100%.