Ancient Origins: Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. It was believed that during this time, the boundary between the living and the dead was blurred.

Jack-o'-Lanterns: The tradition of carving pumpkins into Jack-o'-Lanterns comes from an Irish legend about a man named Stingy Jack. People would carve turnips originally, but when Irish immigrants came to America, they found that pumpkins were more abundant.

Trick-or-Treating: This tradition evolved from the medieval practice of "souling," where poor people would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1st), offering to pray for the dead in exchange for food.

Black Cats: Black cats are often associated with bad luck or witches, but they were once considered good luck in many cultures. In ancient Egypt, they were believed to bring good fortune.

Costumes: Dressing up in costumes on Halloween dates back to the Celtic practice of wearing disguises to confuse and ward off evil spirits.

Haunted Houses: People love to visit haunted houses during Halloween. The tradition of creating haunted houses likely started in the United States in the early 20th century.

Halloween Candy: Americans spend billions of dollars on Halloween candy each year. Candy corn, first created in the 1880s, remains a popular treat.

Halloween Around the World: While Halloween is most commonly associated with the United States, it's celebrated in various forms in many countries, including Mexico's Dia de los Muertos and Ireland.

The Largest Pumpkin: The world record for the heaviest pumpkin ever grown was set in 2016, weighing in at a staggering 2,624 pounds (1,190.49 kilograms).

Halloween Movies: Halloween has inspired a plethora of iconic movies, including the "Halloween" series, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," and "Hocus Pocus."

Witch Trials Connection: The infamous Salem witch trials in the late 17th century played a role in shaping some Halloween traditions and legends about witches.

Samhainophobia: Some people have a fear of Halloween, known as "samhainophobia." This fear may be triggered by a variety of factors, including frightening costumes and decorations.