Halloween – Did You Know?

By Bear Lake Staff / October 31, 2013

Halloween is undeniably one of most fun holidays for us.  Costumes, candy, tricks, spooky stories and scary movies are on most people’s to-do list this time of year!  As the kids are getting their costumes ready (big and small… who can pass up on the opportunity to dress up), check out these fun Halloween facts we have gathered and pass them along during the frightful night!

-The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from Turnips, not Pumpkins!

-Harry Houdini, one of the most famous magicians who ever lived, passed away on Halloween night.

-The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend an average of $66.28 per person on costumes, cards, and candy (2010).

-The Village Halloween Parade in New York City is the largest Halloween parade in the US.

-The US Census Bureau estimates 41.1 million trick-or-treaters ages 5-14 in America this year.

-More than 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.  I think most of us might be guilty of contributing to this!

-You don’t have to eat all that candy now!  Dark & milk chocolate will last for up to 2 years in dry spaces, and hard candy lasts a year!

Go forth and get your candy, Bear Lakers!  Don’t forget to take plenty of photos (and save them, what is more fun to break out in front of their new boyfriend/girlfriend one day than old Halloween photos?)!  Keep safety in mind, remind children to use the “buddy system” and try to use costumes that are reflective so that they are easily seen.

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