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Halloween fun facts for kids

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.