Pumpkins aren’t the first vegetable to have been carved. Long before carving pumpkins became popular, the Celtic people of Ireland carved turnips and lit them with embers to ward off evil spirits, a practise that’s the root of modern pumpkin carving today.
A city in Virginia passed an ordinance earlier this year barring people older than 14 from trick-or-treating. If the law is enforced, anyone older could be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined $250.
Anoka, Minnesota was the first U.S. city to put on a Halloween celebration when they did so in 1920 to divert youngsters from Halloween pranks. It was also proclaimed “The Halloween Capital of the World” by Congress in 1937. Today, tens of thousands of people visits Anoka annually for Halloween.
In 2010, the city of Belleville, Illinois, banned trick-or-treating for kids over 12. Teens can face fines from $100 to $1,000 for going door-to-door.
On Halloween 1992 the UK show ‘Ghostwatch’ purported to show a real haunting which was spreading around the country. Banned for a decade and never re-aired, it was blamed for several traumas, including a suicide.
In a number of cities in Texas, people on the sex offender registry have to keep their outdoor lights off on Halloween.
Many shelters don’t allow black cats to be adopted around Halloween, for fear the they may be tortured or sacrificed.