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.
Samhainophobia refers to an abnormal and persistent fear of Halloween. This time of year may also stir up other phobias such as the fear of: cats (ailurophobia), witches (wiccaphobia), ghosts (phasmophobia), spiders (arachnophobia), the dark (nyctophobia), and cemetaries (coimetrophobia).
According to Charles Kennard, one of the original manufacturers of the Ouija board, William Fuld (who is credited with naming the device) learned the name "Ouija" from using the board. Years later, Fuld would change his story, claiming it was merely a combination of the French and German words for "yes".
All Saints' Day, also known as All Hallows, Day of All the Saints, Solemnity of All Saints, or Feast of All Saints is a festival celebrated on November 1st by the Latin Church of the Roman Catholic Church and some other Western Christian traditions, and on the first Sunday after Pentecost in Eastern Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy, in honour of all the saints, known and unknown.