10 Halloween Fast Facts

10 Halloween Fast Facts

Golden leaves are falling, pumpkin spice lattes are back, there’s a chill in the air. Fall has arrived, and so has many people’s favorite holiday of the year: Halloween!

This year, million Americans are expected to celebrate the spooky holiday, whether it’s at a costume party, trick-or-treating with friends, or sending friends and family a ghoulish greeting card!

As The Boston Globe reported last month, Halloween is indeed a card-sending holiday. According to the National Retail Federation, nearly 36 percent of Americans planned to send a Halloween card in 2014 — and that number is expected to rise significantly this year. Sending your Halloween couldn’t be easier: simply browse our Halloween cards here.

Want some more hair-raising facts? Check out these 10 fast facts for Halloween 2015:

  • Halloween comes from an ancient pagan festival, Samhain, celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago
  • Immigrants from Ireland and Scotland brought Halloween to the United States in the 1800s
  • Irish legend claims that jack-o’-lanterns are named for a man named Jack who couldn’t go to heaven or hell, and was forced to walk the earth forever with only coal to light his lantern
  • 157 million Americans are expected to celebrate Halloween in 2015
  • Total spending on Halloween will top $6.9 billion 
  • Eight in 10 millennials say they are planning to celebrate the holiday 
  • The average American will spend $74.34 on decorations, candy, costumes, and more
  • The top adult costume for 2015 is a witch, topping out at over 4 million costumes
  • The top children’s costume for 2015 is a princess, with just over 3 million costumes
  • The top pet costume for 2015 is a pumpkin