In honor of the day of the dead or las dias de las muertas (that's the extent of my high school Spanish) I'd like to present you with some Halloween facts. Or factas, if I remember correctly from high school...
Actually, let's just call it what it is.
1) Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
2) Samhainophobia is an intense fear of Halloween. (Sam who?)
3) A pumpkin is a berry in the cucurbitaceae family which also included melons, cucumbers, squash and gourds. All of these plants are native to the Americas.
4) Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America
5) Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
6) Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the U.S.
7) Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1. It’s the 2nd best selling Halloween candy next to candy corn. The Snicker snack size bars contain 72 calories and 4 grams of fat. There are approximately 4 calories in one candy corn. (Like I can eat just one...)
8) 90% of parents admit to dipping into their children’s Halloween candy stash. :)
Okay, so factas isn't a real word, but it didn't make my survey anyway.
Here's something else that didn't make my survey, but should've.... Halloween is a very special holiday to me. My birthday comes just 11 days prior and when the stores started putting out their Halloween decorations? Well, it meant I was soon to be another year older and another day happier with cake in my belly.
And see #8 up there? 90% of parents admit to dipping into their children's Halloween candy stash?? I was lucky (I think). My child hated Halloween candy and always forgot about it the next day. I scored all of her treasures. I also scored all of the poundage that she didn't put on. It found its way to me instead.
Yeah, I love Halloween. I love Snickers. I love candy corn. I love Easter. Well, I do. Just thought I'd throw that in because actually the candy is better.
'Taint no Samhainophobia here. Sam can come around again for Labor Day. That's a scary time for sure. 'Taint no candy involved on that holiday and that just ain't right.