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INTERESTING HALLOWEEN FACTS FOR GROWN-UPS

Posted on | October 29, 2010 | No Comments

A recent CNN Poll showed a majority of us, 48%, believe in ghosts. 78% of us believe in life after death.

The next full moon on Halloween night will be October 31, 2020

Many historic events have happened on Halloween Day including Harry Houdini’s death in Detroit in 1926. Mount Rushmore is completed in 1941.

Adults love Halloween, too. It is estimated that one-third of all adults don costumes and join-in the “spookiest-night” festivities.

One of the “most filmed” movie characters (if not the most filmed) is Dracula.

What are the “most thrilling” movies of all time? The American Film Institute polled 1,500 members of the film industry. Their Top 10 are: (1) Psycho, (2) Jaws, (3) The Exorcist, (4) North by Northwest, (5) The Silence of the Lambs, (6) Alien, (7) The Birds, (8) The French Connection, (9) Rosemary’s Baby and (10) Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Moviegoers consistently vote for Silence of the Lambs, Psycho and The Exorcist as the scariest movies of all time. There’s no clear ranking within these three – we just think they are scary.

The Salem Witch trials of 1692 are known for burning so-called witches at the stake. Actually, not one witch died by burning; most were put to death by hanging. One unfortunate witch was “pressed” to death and several died in prison of natural causes.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Utah, in 2004, had the highest proportion of its total population trick-or-treating in the 5-to-13 year old age group with Alaska following closely behind.

A new Guinness world record was set October 1, 2005 for the “Biggest Pumpkin.” Larry Checkon of North Cambria, Pennsylvania is the grower of this 1,469 lb. giant. Checkon’s pumpkin outweighed the 2004 winner by about 23 lbs.

The gold standard among pumpkin growers is producing a pumpkin weighing at least 1,100 lbs., which is automatic entry into The 1,100 Club. Numerous professionals hint that you can grow a really, really big pumpkin by planting the Atlantic Giant pumpkin seed.

The first “Jack-O-Lanterns” were not pumpkins – they were hollowed-out turnips and originated in Ireland.

We love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – so says ExtremeChocolate.com’s survey of our “favorite Halloween candy.” The clear winner is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups with 20.8% of the vote; second is Candy Corn at 15.8% and third is Snickers with 15.3% of the vote. One thousand people voted, and results were posted on September 13, 2006.

According to ExtremeChocolate.com: “Chocolate is much better than hard candy for you and your child’s teeth. Chocolate contains tannins, which slow down the formation of plaque on the teeth….Further, chocolate usually stays in the mouth a shorter time than hard candy, which is another dental benefit.”

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