Everyone knows that on Halloween children dress up and go trick or treating door to door in neighborhoods or at local malls. There are many things about the holiday that you might not know though. These range from the mundane to the bizarre. Some of these facts are based on statistics, while others are based on the actions of certain towns or school districts.
Did you know that Halloween is the holiday when the most candy is sold? This probably is not too amazing to most people that have a lot of children in their neighborhood. The amount of candy sold though might surprise you, as it is over $21 million annually that is spent on Halloween candy. Halloween is a bigger holiday for candy sales than both Valentine’s Day and Easter.
Halloween is also a very popular party season. Many people might think that Christmas or New Year’s are the most popular times for holiday parties. They are actually correct. Halloween though is the holiday with the third largest number of parties in the U.S. annually. This defeats other popular party holidays such as July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day.
When do you think the most humorous greeting cards are sold? The easy answer would be Christmas with the popularity of Christmas cards. Yet, if you gave that answer you would be wrong. The correct answer is that Halloween is the holiday with the most humorous greeting cards sold. Overall, during the Halloween season 25 million humorous greeting cards are sold.
Unusual Restrictions On Halloween Traditions
Most people have seen the United Nations Children’s’ Fund (UNICEF) trick or treating boxes that kids receive quite often at school. These are boxes which kids use to collect money for the fund around Halloween. Back in the 1950’s though this program was not approved by all schools. With the fear of Communism, some schools felt that this was a Communist plot and banned it from their schools.
Every year you hear about some town that bans Halloween trick or treating completely in the news. Of course then the kids just go to a neighboring town. Have you heard of a town that refuses to declare a certain date for Halloween though due to fear of being liable for damages? Well, that’s exactly what Hancock, MD does. Hancock is a city between Baltimore and Hagerstown in Maryland. For over 20 years they refuse to acknowledge an official date for Halloween because of the fear that the town could be held liable for any damages that happen with the celebrations.
Of course school boards are notorious for limiting holiday celebrations. In Hillsborough,NJ their school board will not allow any religious celebrations in schools. Due to the religious connections the Halloween holiday has, it is known in their schools as “Fall Festival”.
Finally, did you know that Halloween is not always celebrated on October 31st? Many towns have started rescheduling the Halloween celebrations and trick or treating for the kids if Halloween falls on a Sunday. They usually reschedule it in that case to the 30th for that year which is a Saturday. This is due to wanting to avoid conflictions with church activities and Halloween.
Despite the Oddities, Halloween is Here To Stay
Despite these unusual policies by some school districts and local legislatures, the holiday of Halloween is one that is not going to disappear. Parents and children learn to adjust to these rulings and adapt. That is why it is one of the more popular commercial holidays in the United States, as you can tell from the facts at the beginning of this article.