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Fun, Weird, Spooky, and Surprising Facts About Halloween

Here at the Chicago area’s top pumpkin farm, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest, we’re into all things autumn and Halloween related. Whether it’s pumpkin pie, pumpkin carving, hot apple cider, corn mazes, haunted houses, or trick or treating, it’s safe to say we hang our hat on this season, and we wouldn’t have it any other way..

In previous posts, we’ve talked a lot about the variety of attractions and rides that we have to offer at our pumpkin patch in Illinois. Aside from obviously having a great selection of pumpkins for both carving and pie-making, we’ve got enough to choose from that pretty much anyone can find something to enjoy. To (pumpkin) spice things up a bit, we thought we would touch on Halloween’s lesser known facts in today’s post. So keep reading if you are interested in learning about some weird, spooky, and fun facts about Halloween you are sure to be able to impress your friends with.

  • Modern candy, with all of its preservatives, is a fairly recent thing. Before the 1900s, most everyone had to make their own chocolate and sweets, as it was more of a rarity. These days, we’ve got multiple aisles dedicated to halloween candy alone. Times have changed!
  • Speaking of commercial Halloween candy, the holiday is actually the second highest grossing commercial candy of them all, only behind Christmas, of course.
  • Ever wonder where the word “witch” came from? Its origins can be traced by to an Old English word, “wicce”, which means wise women. According to folklore, they were once held in high esteem by the community. Again, times have changed.
  • Don’t use silly string on Halloween in Hollywood. Why? You might get fined $1,000 for using or selling it. In 2004, thousands of people vandalized city streets by emptying countless canisters all over. You might also go to jail for up to 6 months if prosecuted. So if you know anyone going to Hollywood this year in late October, let them know! Otherwise, you might not see them for a bit.
  • Poisoned Halloween candy and razor blades in treats from strangers is pretty much a myth. At least, the rumors have been greatly exaggerated. In reality, there have only been two documented cases of anything like that actually happening. One, in 1970, was debunked. And the other, in 1974, was the intentional act of a family member. Yikes.
  • The earliest known “Halloween costumes” were actually pelts and heads of animals. They did this in order to connect to spirits of the deceased. People also celebrated by cross-dressing, which some people still do to this day.
  • Halloween wasn’t always called Halloween. In ancient times, the Celts called it Samhain. Fast forward several hundred years, and Halloween was known as “Cabbage Night” in a few select American towns during the late 1800s. The term came from Scotland and their fortune-telling game, in which young girls would use cabbage stumps to try to tell the future, specifically about their future husbands. Americans, as we are apt to do, put our own spin on the game by taking the cabbage, ignoring the fortune-telling element, and throwing it at their community’s houses throughout the community.
  • Halloween can make kids in costumes who are hunting for candy behave in a more unruly way than usual. Research shows that kids in costumes are more likely to steal candy than those not in costumes. Watch those little ones when they get in packs. The desire for candy does strange things to people!
  • The term “trick or treat” did not used to be as it is today. In the Middle-Ages, many adolescents and grown ups would trick or treat, which meant getting coins, fruits, or nuts in a similar tradition called “guising”. The visitors would usually do some sort of dance, or perhaps even tell a joke in exchange for a little morsel or two. Sounds fun to us!

You Don’t Have To Search For “Pumpkin Farms Near Me” Ever Again

If you’ve been searching for “pumpkin farms near me” online, we think you’ve found one in us. We are just a 40 minute drive outside of Chicago, which is the perfect distance to make a day trip this fall. We close on October 30th, so don’t delay! We would love to have you come out, pick some pumpkins, watch a pig race, watch the little ones ride a pony, eat a funnel cake or two, and just have a great day with the family. Your search for “pumpkin farms near me” has ended, so come on out today!