With Halloween right around the corner, help your kids get into the spooky spirit with some fun facts, funny riddles and jokes, and free Halloween printables and crafts.
Halloween Fun Facts:
- For Halloween 2011, the most popular adult costumes are Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga and Katie Perry.
- More than 50% of adults in the U.S. plan on dressing up for Halloween.
- 35 million lbs. of candy corn are sold each year.
- The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,810 lbs. and was donated to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden afterwards.
- 11% of all Americans dress up their pets for Halloween.
- Halloween is the 2nd most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first.
- Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
- Of all the candy sold annually, one quarter of it is sold during Halloween time.
- Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers #1 and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups #2. Chocolate makes up about ¾ of a trick-or-treaters loot.
- Orange and black are Halloween colors because orange is associated with the fall harvest and black is associated with darkness and death.
- Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Great for unique monster carvings!
- The next full moon on Halloween night will be October 31, 2020.
- Harry Houdini died on Halloween in 1926.
- The first Jack-O-Lanterns were not pumpkins – they were hollowed-out turnips and originated in Ireland.
- Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
- If you see a spider on Halloween, it’s believed to be the spirit of a loved on watching over you.
- The common little brown bat of North America has the longest life span for a mammal its size, with a life span averaging 32 years.
- The Ouija Board ended up outselling the game of Monopoly in its first full year at Salem. Over two million copies of the Ouija Board were shipped.
- “Halloween” movie facts: ‘Halloween” was made in only 21 days in 1978 on a very limited budget. The movie was shot in the spring and used fake autumn leaves.
- Trick or Treat for UNICEF started in 1950 in Philadelphia.
Top 10 Halloween Jokes and Riddles for Kids and the Young at Heart:
- Q: What do you call a skeleton that won’t work? A: Lazy bones
- Q: What do goblins and ghosts drink on Halloween? A: Ghoul-ade
- Q: What’s a mummy’s favorite kind of music? A: Wrap!
- Q: What do you call a witch who lives at the beach? A: A sand-witch
- Q: Why is a ghost such a messy eater? A: Because he is always a goblin.
- Q: What do you get when you cross a black cat with a lemon? A: A sour puss.
- Q: What kind of streets do zombies like best? A: Dead ends
- Q: Where do ghosts water ski? A: On Lake Erie
- Q: Who has webbed feet and fangs? A: Count Quackula
- Q: What does a skeleton order at a restaurant? A: Spare ribs
Free Halloween Printables for Kids:
Get your kids in the spirit of Halloween by printing out a free Halloween coloring page. Below are several good resources for free Halloween printable coloring pages:
- Kaboose.com – Offers free coloring pages of vampires, zombies, witches, haunted houses and more, plus word puzzles and games for kids.
- Family Fun – Enjoy printable games and coloring fun, including Jekyll & Hyde, Dracula, monster and witch coloring pages, plus a Halloween card to color and give.
- Activity Village – Features a huge assortment of coloring pages, games, activities, cards and invitations for Halloween.
- The Teachers Corner – Offers Halloween crossword puzzles, word searches, word scrambles and coloring sheets.
- Halloween.com – Includes a pumpkin coloring sheet, a haunted house maze, Halloween word search, bookmarks, crosswords, puzzles and much more.
Quick and Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids:
Making a Halloween craft is quick and easy. Be sure to check out some of these ideas:
- Spiderweb Pictures by How Stuff Works.
- Pumpkin Seed Necklace by Activity Village.
- Halloween Luminaries by All Free Crafts.
- Flower Pot Pumpkins by Family Fun.
- Pasta Skeleton by Enchanted Learning.
For fun Halloween things to do with kids in Atlanta, be sure to check out these articles:
- Atlanta’s scariest haunted houses for Halloween 2011
- Top 10 freebies for Halloween 2011
- Halloween Hikes 2011 at the Chattahoochee Nature Center
- Halloween events for kids at Atlanta malls
Sources: rexann.com, Halloween-website.com, humormatters.com
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