Halloween trivia to get you in the mood

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pumpkinsHalloween may be a month away, but chances are your kids have been talking about it for weeks. Soon, it'll be time to make final decisions on costumes, then either start making or shopping for them. Pumpkins need to be carved, candy needs to be purchased, and did you remember to volunteer for the class Halloween party? If it's making you tired just thinking about it, get in the mood with a little Halloween trivia:
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  • The first jack-o'-lanterns were made out of turnips.
  • Samhainophobia is a fear of Halloween. (Samhain is what the holiday was originally called.)
  • In Ohio, Iowa, and Massachusetts, Halloween is often referred to as Beggar's Night.
  • The largest Halloween celebration -- the Village Halloween Parade -- is held in Greenwich Village.
  • Former First Lady Dolley Madison is said to haunt the White House Rose Garden.
  • The most popular costume of 2005 was Spiderman.
  • The first official city-wide Halloween celebration was held in Anoka, Minnesota in 1921.
  • Americans eat about 26 pounds of candy every year ... each. That explains why my jeans don't fit.
  • According to the U.S. Census, there are 108 million housing units in the U.S. That's a lot of trick-or-treating!
  • The biggest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  • Americans spend $6.9 billion on Halloween each year.

Hungry for more? Take a Halloween trivia quiz at About.com.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.