Halloween Trivia Fun and Stories
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Now on to some Halloween Trivia and Fun.............
It is interesting to know that there is no word in the dictionary that is in rhyme with orange.
People give the credit of starting the tradition of Trick or Treating to Irish people.
People are of the belief that light keeps the monsters away. Thus they prefer lighting a pumpkin lantern with a candle on the Halloween night.
It is said that if you hear someone's footsteps behind you on the Halloween night, you should not turn back because it may be a dead following you. And if you commit the mistake of looking back, it is likely that you might join the dead very soon.
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• Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
• Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
• Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
• Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
• Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
• Black cats were once believed to be witch's familiars who protected their powers.
• In 1962, the Count Dracula Society was founded.
• To this day, there are vampire clubs and societies with people claiming to be real vampires.
• There really are so-called vampire bats, but they're not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.
• "Samhainophobia" is an intense fear of Halloween.
• If you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved on watching over you.
• Worldwide, bats are vital natural enemies of night-flying insects.
• The common little brown bat of North America has the longest life span for a mammal it's size, with a life span averaging 32 years.
• In about 1 in 4 autopsies, a major disease is discovered that was previously undetected.
• The Ouija Board ended up outselling the game of Monopoly in its first full year at Salem. Over two million copies of the Ouija Board were shipped.
Let's see here I am over the past 3 years....I'll have more on another post of my "Sea Creature" from this year...
Halloween Movie Details
• 'Halloween" was made in only 21 days in 1978 on a very limited budget.
• The movie was shot in the Spring and used fake autumn leaves.
• The mask used by Michael Meyers in the movie "Halloween" was actually William Shatner's mask painted white.
• The character Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis was named after John Carpenter's first girlfriend.
• While the setting for the story is in Illinois, the license plates on the vehicles have California plates.
The Red Spot [Do not read if you have a weak stomack]
While Lucy slept one night a spider crawled across her face and stopped for several minutes on her right cheek, then it crawled away.
The next morning Lucy woke up and went to the bathroom and looked in the mirror to see a red spot on her right cheek. She thought to herself that she must have been bitten by a bug during the night. She felt it itch and tried not to scratch it.
The next day she looked and the spot had gotten bigger and redder. Now the itch was terrible and she felt a pounding in her cheek. What could have bit her to make it itch so much? She thought. She called her friend to come over. Her friend looked at her cheek and said, oh no worry its just coming to head and then it will break and go away. probably just a spider bite.
The next day it was even bigger and looked like an ugly boil….Lucy felt awful so she called to see her doctor, but her doctor could not see her till Friday. He did tell her it was probably just a spider bite and that once it broke it would go away, just like her friend said.
Lucy decided to take a long hot bath that night before going to bed and as she laid there her cheek started to throb and itch and felt like it was moving around her face. All of a sudden her boil burst open and out poured a swarm of 1000s of baby spiders from the eggs that their mother had laid in her cheek.
Remember to check the walls and ceilings tonight before you go to sleep and to look out for those spider bites you wake up with ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Is This Hanged Man Real?
In December of 1976, a Universal Studios camera crew arrived at the Nu-Pike Amusement Park in Long Beach, California, to film an episode of the television action show, the Six Million Dollar Man. In preparing the set in a corner of the funhouse, a worker moved the "hanging man," causing one of this prop's arms to come off. Inside it was human bone. This was no mere prop; this was a dead guy!
The body was that of Elmer McCurdy, a young man who in 1911 had robbed a train of $46 and two jugs of whiskey in Oklahoma. He announced to the posse in pursuit of him that he would not be taken alive and the posse obliged by killing him in a shoot-out.
McCurdy's body became a sideshow attraction right after his embalming. It is claimed that the local undertaker though he had done such a wonderful job at restoring McCurdy that he let the town’s folk see him for a nickel a piece. The nickels were dropped into the corpse's open mouth, later collected by the undertaker.
No one ever showed up to claim McCurdy's body; so, legend has it that undertaker kept him around to collect nickels for a few years after the embalming. Carnival promoters wanted to buy the stiff, but the undertaker turned them down. He didn't want to lose his most steady form of income.
In 1915 two men showed up, claiming that McCurdy was their long lost brother. They took McCurdy away, supposedly to give him a decent burial in the family plot. In actuality, the long lost McCurdy "brothers" were carnival promoters. It was a scam to get the body that they had wanted for years. They exhibited McCurdy throughout Texas under the same title that the undertaker had given him -- "The Bandit Who Wouldn't Give Up."
It seems that McCurdy's body popped up everywhere after that, in places such as an amusement park near Mount Rushmore, lying in an open casket in a Los Angeles wax museum, and in a few low-budget films. Before the Six Million Dollar Man crew discovered this prop to be a corpse, McCurdy had been hanging in a Long Beach funhouse for four years.
In April 1977, the much-traveled Elmer McCurdy was laid to final rest in Summit View Cemetery in Guthrie, Oklahoma. To make sure the corpse would not make its way back to the entertainment world; the state medical examiner ordered two cubic yards of cement poured over the coffin before the grave was closed. McCurdy hasn't been seen hanging around amusement parks since.
Whether all this is true or not, we don't know. Was there ever an amusement park in Long Beach, California called the Nu-Pike Amusement Park? This tale is just one of those that we'll never know the truth of.
Is it True? "Filing officer and Criminalist E. Williams went to the Nu-Pike in company with the Fire Department Personnel. The Laff in the Dark (sic) located at 210-A-A-A West Pike Avenue was entered, and their attention was drawn to the human-like display, which was hanging from a rope. Criminalist E. Williams and filing officer examined the display, (sic) and noted beneath the outer covering there appeared to be bone-type structure having bone-like joints. There was also noted to be a small trace of hair on the back leg. The display remarkably resembled a human cadaver in size and proportion." ???????????????