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Test yourself with some Halloween Trivia: True or False?

Posted by John Kim on

Every year, children, parents, and now pretty much everyone in between don their costumes and go trick-or-treating to build up their stores of candy. Nowadays Halloween is an expected and beloved holiday in the United States, with families and friends getting together to celebrate.

Of course, Halloween has a very interesting background and history, and while we won't be covering the entirety of it, we invite you to read some of the most interesting tidbits we found and guess which ones are True and which are False.

 

1. True or False: The word "Halloween" is derived from a combination of "All Hallows Evening."

 

2. True or False: Halloween is the third most commercially successful holiday, coming behind Valentine's Day and Christmas.

 

3. True or False: Mexico's Halloween is called "El Dia De Los Muertos," or the "Day of the Dead.

 

4. True or False: The first Jack O' Lanterns were made with turnips instead of pumpkins.

 

5. True or False: According to a survey conducted by the NCA (National Confectioners Association), at least 80% of parents eat some of their children's Halloween candy (with or without their permission)

 

6. True or False: The top day annually for candy sales is October 31st, right on Halloween.

 

If you're ready, scroll down to see the answers!

 

 

  

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1. The word "Halloween" is derived form a combination of "All Hallows Evening."

TRUE. The word actually comes from the Scottish term and abbreviation for "All Hallows' Eve."

 

2. Halloween is the third most commercially successful holiday, coming behind Valentine's Day and Christmas.

FALSE: Halloween is actually the second most commercially successful holiday, with only Christmas coming before.

 

3. Mexico's Halloween is called "El Dia De Los Muertos," or the "Day of the Dead.

FALSE: El Dia de los Muertos is actually celebrated on November 2nd and is its own cultural holiday that has little to no connection with Halloween. The simple skeleton motifs and the timing of El Dia de los Muertos have led some to mistake such celebrations and festivities for "Mexican Halloween."

 

4. The first Jack O' Lanterns were made with turnips instead of pumpkins.

TRUE: The pumpkin, native to North America, was adopted due to the easier time people had carving it compared to the traditional turnip.

 

5.  According to a survey conducted by the NCA (National Confectioners Association), at least 80% of parents eat some of their children's Halloween candy (with or without their permission)

TRUE: Apparently having a sweet tooth isn't such a youthful thing after all. According to the same survey, about 57% of parents institute house candy sharing rules, while 23% swipe candy without any words or questions. 

 

6. The top day annually for candy sales is October 31st, right on Halloween.

FALSE: The top day is actually October 28th! However, the 27th, 30th, and 31st along with the 28th make up 4 of 5 of the top annual candy sales days, showing our last minute tendencies when it comes to stocking up for Halloween.

 

 

How many did you guess correctly? Share your interesting Halloween facts with us in the comments below!


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