8 new freebies in
your inbox every day!

We guarantee 100% privacy. Your information will not be shared.

5 fun facts about Halloween

5 fun facts about Halloween

'Samhainophobia' is the fear of Halloween.
London Dungeon scare actor Frankie Spires has a chronic fear of Halloween - those who suffer from Samhainophobia are likely to experience panic attacks, sweating and breathing difficulties.

Jack-o'-lanterns used to be made form turnips, not pumpkins.
In the 19th century in parts of Ireland and the Scottish Highlands, turnip lanterns were made, sometimes with faces carved in them.

Anoka, Minnesota is the Halloween Capital of the World.
In 1920 Anoka city decided to throw a huge party to keep the young people distracted from vandalising. In 1937, Congress officially named Anoka as 'The Halloween Capital of the World'.

'Jack-o-lanterns' are named after an Irish farmer.
An old Irish folk tale tells the story of Jack, a lazy farmer who, after dealing with the devil was turned away from heaven and hell when he died. Wandering the darkness of purgatory, Jack made an o'lantern from  a turnip and a lump of burning coal to guide his lost soul.

The word 'Halloween' was first used in the 16th century.
October 31st is the eve of All Hallows day or as the Scottish called it - All-Hallows'Even (evening).


Have you got any fun facts you want to share?
Colleen x