Did You Know?
- Pumpkins are actually a
fruit that originated in Central America.
- The name "pumpkin" comes from the Greek word "pepon," meaning a
- 90% of the pumpkin is made up of water.
- The yellow-orange flowers that bloom from a pumpkin vine are
- Using pumpkins as lanterns at Halloween is based on an ancient
Celtic custom brought to America by European immigrants.
- The worldʼs heaviest pumpkin was grown by Chris Stevens (USA)
and was recorded on October 9, 2010 weighing 1,810.5 lbs. (source:
Guinness World Records)
- Pumpkins, and their seeds, were a celebrated food of the Native
American Indians who treasured them both for their dietary and
- Illinois grows more pumpkins than any other state in the
country. It harvests nearly 12,300 acres of fruit.
- The carving of jack-o'-lanterns originated from the
tradition of carving the faces of lost souls into hollowed out
pumpkins and turnips. A candle was placed inside the carvings
making the faces glow. The Halloween lanterns were placed on
doorsteps to ward off evil spirits.
- The worldʼs fastest time to carve a face into a pumpkin is 20.1
seconds, by David Finkle (UK), on October 7, 2010 (source: Guinness
- More than 93 percent of children go trick-or-treating each
year. (source: NCA)
- Halloween also is recognized as the 3rd biggest party day after
New Yearʼs and Super Bowl Sunday.
- Trick-or-treating is thought to have its origins in a European
custom called souling where people would beg for "soul cakes."
- There were estimated 36.8 million potential "trick-or-treaters"
- Legendary magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit from a
ruptured appendix on Halloween in 1926. Trick? Who really
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Pumpkin and Halloween Facts & Trivia