6. Day of The Dead
Day of the dead is a Mexican festival which is often confused with Halloween. I’ll take this opportunity of Halloween facts to talk about the two mutually exclusive events. Day of the dead focuses on gatherings of friends and family where people come together to pray for peace of the dead ones. It is also said that the dead ones return to the earth on this day and thus are honored by sugar-skulls and marigold. Some people make favorite food and beverages of their loved ones. Visiting graves is also considered important. In some areas, some people have also been sighted leaving the possessions of the dead one at their graves. This is somehow supposed to help them in their spiritual journey. The major difference between Halloween and Day of the dead is that the former is supposed to be scary, the latter celebrates the death.
If you are in Mexico around Halloween time, do enjoy the added festivities!
5. Poisoned Candy Halloween Facts
Tainted candy is coming to our list of Halloween facts! Back in the days, there used to be a common belief that Halloween candy is usually poisoned in order to prank kids. And thus, parents would often go through the candy to throw out the ones without wrappers. But did anyone wonder, what was it that made people so careful about what put in their mouth on Halloween? According to Halloween facts from old legends, some people used to booby-trap candy with razor blades or simply poison to play Halloween pranks. There have been two reported cases. 1. Timothy O’Brien who ate a cyanide covered pixie stick and died. But turned out, his father was blamed for it as his son had life insurance on him. And to cover the tracks, he put it on the trending legend. 2. There’s this story of another kid who died after eating poisoned candy. But after investigation, it was revealed that the candy was never tainted in the first place. The kid got into his uncle’s heroin stash. Our conclusion is that this legend doesn’t have a strong foundation and candies never get poisoned as it comes down from history of Halloween. But be careful, nonetheless.