Did you know that the original jack-o-lantern wasn’t a pumpkin? And that Halloween dates back thousands of years? Play a guessing game with your kids to teach them about the Halloween facts below. They’ll love the secrets behind this spooky holiday:
• Ireland is the birthplace of Halloween.
• Halloween was originally called All Hallows Eve and dates back to 2000 years ago. Even then, they wore masks and costumes to the celebration.
• All Hallows Eve, November 1, was the Celtic New Year’s Day.
• The Celtic origin of the word “witch” actually means “wise woman.”
• In medieval times, Celtic people built bonfires to feast and dance around on All Hallows Eve, starting our common tradition of fall outdoor fires.
• Pumpkins can be white, blue, red or green – in addition to orange. Be on the look out!
• Our jack-o-lantern carving tradition comes from Ireland, where they first carved turnips instead of pumpkins.
• According to the federal government, the average American consumes 152 pounds of sugar annually.
• In England, Halloween was combined with Mischief Night, on which children would play practical jokes on their neighbors.
• Nearly one billion pounds of pumpkins are produced in the U.S.
Help your kids build a foundation of learning by sharing the fun facts above or using engaging educational activities such as flash cards.