Happy Halloween from Team Dynadot!
Happy Halloween! The Dynadot office is decked out with lots of candy (brought to you by Nicolas Cage), everyone in excellent costumes for our costume contest, and pumpkins that will become jack-o-lanterns in our annual carve-off later today (check back with us on our Facebook page to see the results)! We hope you're celebrating too, but either way here's another reason to celebrate in case you need one: $1 off your order with code SPOOKY today only*!
Halloween is also known as All Hallows Eve. The word Halloween is the Scottish variant of All Hallows Eve and was first used in the 16th century. Halloween is thought to have been influenced by the Christian All Saints' Day, which is November 1 and All Souls' Day, which is November 2. Both are days to honor saints and pray for the recently departed who have yet to reach heaven. In the middle ages on All Souls' Day, poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return. This is said to be the start of trick-or-treating, though it is also said to have started from the Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
But today, Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas. Here are some fun facts about the Halloween we all know and love:
Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the US.
Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1.
Candy corn has been made with the same recipe by the Jelly Belly company since around 1900.
The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Ron Wallace, who broke the world record in this year with a pumpkin that weighs 2,009 pounds.
Stephen Clarke holds the record for the fastest pumpkin carving time: 24.03 seconds. The pumpkin he carved had to weight less than 24 pounds and have at least eyes, a nose, ears, and a mouth.
Orange and black are Halloween's colors because orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black is associated with death and darkness.
Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.
We hope you enjoyed these fun facts and we hope you have a fantastic Halloween!
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This post was written by Robyn Norgan, who loves dressing up for Halloween and still wishes she could trick-or-treat.