Mister Smarty Pants Knows
According to one theory, the custom of trick or treating comes from a ninth-century European custom called "souling." On October 31, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for "soul cakes," made out of square pieces of bread with currants.
According to Hallmark, 26 million Halloween cards will be exchanged this year.
65% of Americans will decorate their homes for Halloween this year, making it the second most decorated holiday. Christmas is first.
The Irish, fleeing the potato famine, brought Halloween costumes with them to the U.S.
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