Interesting Creepy Halloween Facts You Should Know

Halloween is the spookiest night of the year. In the United States, many people celebrate it and spend money on unique costumes and candy. The Halloween fever is not contained in the States, either. In fact, people around the world celebrate it in many different ways. Behind the festive celebration, there are some creepy Halloween facts you should know.

Halloween Facts

Interesting Creepy Halloween Facts

Where did all these strange practices come from? It turns out that a lot of these customs date back centuries. The celebration has changed over time, transforming from an ancient tradition to the flashy fright-fest we know today. Let’s take a look at the origins of some creepy Halloween facts below.

Jack O lantern carving comes from a creepy Irish myth

We might carve Jack-O'-lanterns all in good fun these days. The tradition is actually based on the myth of "Stingy Jack," a man who loved to trick the devil. As the story goes, the devil eventually got so sick of Jack's tricks that he refused to let him into Hell, which forced Jack to roam the Earth for eternity. It was with a lump of coal inside of a carved turnip that he was able to see his way.

There is an old folk tradition for seeing a witch on Halloween. According to an old folk tradition, you will see a witch on Oct 31st if you wear your clothes inside out and walk backward. Supposedly, you'll see one at midnight. It might not be true, but it sure is creepy to think about.

Jack O lantern

Black cat adoption is often prohibited on Halloween

Many American animal shelters refuse to let people adopt black cats around Halloween in hopes of protecting the animals from any kind of torture associated with witchcraft. While there is no actual evidence of black cats being killed or sacrificed on Halloween, the animal shelters still take the precaution of protecting the felines.

Black cat

Hide all of the household's knives on Halloween

Halloween is also celebrated in Germany, but unlike in America, the European country considers it a time to honor those who have passed away. One of their most bizarre traditions is to hide all of the knives in their homes for fear of returning spirits accidentally injuring themselves on any blades that are left out.

Halloween celebration

When the owl calls, somebody dies

In Medieval Europe, it was believed that when the owl calls, somebody dies. At that time, it was filled with all sorts of spooky beliefs, including one that had to do with owls. Europeans actually believed that owls were witches and that when an owl gave a call, somebody died in the world.

the owl

Conclusion

That was some creepy Halloween facts that you should know. Halloween is the spookiest night of the year that celebrates by people around the world. Moreover, Halloween has some major spook hidden in its traditions.  

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