1. Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
2. The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognized as human.
3. Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
4. Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
5. Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
6. Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
I'll bet you didn't know all that; especially about the Tootsie Rolls!
Till next time.....