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Five Halloween Fun Facts

Thursday’s the big day for all the little ghosts and goblins to head out and beg for candy all over Long Island neighborhoods. Doesn’t matter the weather, kids will find ways to get their candy haul, no doubt. Before the big day arrives, we’re sharing some fun facts about Halloween you might not have known, so you can impress your kids and neighborhood trick-or-treaters!

Why dressing up started

Wearing costumes was once thought to trick ghosts. People would dress-up in order to hide from spirits who returned to visit. They’d also leave bowls of good outside, hoping that would make the ghosts happy and give them a reason not to enter people’s homes.

Trick-or-treating came about from the English “souling” custom

In Medieval times, poor English men and women knocked on doors on All Soul’s Day. They would ask for food in exchange for praying for the home’s dead loved ones.

Halloween is second only to Christmas in commercialized holidays

Christmas lands in the top spot for largest commercial holiday in the United States, but many might be surprised to learn Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the U.S.A. Might have something to do with all that candy, and all those costumes! All these years, we thought it was Valentine’s Day. Color us surprised!

Skittles reign supreme on Halloween

According to, Skittles are the number one Halloween Candy in the United States. In New York? The top spot goes to Hot Tamales. Check the popular candy interactive map out for yourselves…. craziest stats on their map? Candy Corn is popular in some states, and last year was the top one in New York! We don’t get it, either. Eating Candy Corn is like eating crayons.

Harry Houdini

On Halloween in 1926, the famous magician and illusionist, Harry Houdini, passed away. The entertainer died of peritonitis after his appendix burst. He was 52. We’re pretty sure he didn’t have life insurance, either.

However you spend your time celebrating Halloween, stay safe and if you run into any trouble out there and need insurance help, give our office a call at 631.543.0500. We’re happy to answer insurance questions, and review policies, and we even have someone to help with life insurance!

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