Silly string fans should stay far away from Hollywood on Halloween. An ordinance banning the toy, first introduced in 2004 after complaints from Hollywood Boulevard property owners, is only enforced on October 31. If you're caught with sticky hands, expect to pay a $1,000 fine.
During World War I, almost every household in the U.S. had a Ouija board. In 1922, Ouija board sales even outsold Monopoly. But The Exorcist stopped the Ouija fad dead in its tracks. After watching the movie, many people destroyed their Ouija boards in fear.
A well-known ghost story was reported by Churchill, who was a guest at the White House. After a long bath, and naked except for a cigar, he walked into the adjoining bedroom -- and there was Abraham Lincoln at the fireplace. Churchill said, "Good evening, Mr. President. You seem to have me at a disadvantage." He reported that Lincoln smiled softly and then disappeared.
According to the National Retail Federation's Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, the most popular Halloween costume in 2004 was Spiderman, with 2.15 million children dressing as their favorite superhero. Other popular costumes included princesses (1.8 million children), witches (1.3 million) and vampires (899,000).
The world record for heaviest pumpkin is currently held by a gigantic gourd weighing a whopping 2,096 pounds--as much as a small car! Beni Meier, the Swiss gardener who grew the massive fruit, had to use a special vehicle to transport it. The world record was previously held by California couple Tim and Susan Mathison.