Halloween 2013 is right around the corner, so it’s a great time to scare up some spooky fun with interesting facts, jokes and craft ideas for kids and the young at heart. Halloween is often associated with ghosts and goblins, but it can also be a fun and family-friendly holiday. Be sure to check out some of Atlanta's best Halloween events for 2013.
Halloween fun facts
What’s the most popular candy during Halloween? What was the largest pumpkin ever? Why are orange and black associated with Halloween? Share these interesting fun facts from Halloween Web with your kids to get them into the spooky spirit of Halloween.
- According to Halloween Express, the most popular Halloween costumes for kids in 2013 are Power Rangers, Superman, Iron Man, Frankie Stein, Ariel, Skeleton, Wolverine, Polka Dot Monster, and TMNT. Batman and Robin, Gnome Couple, Beauty and the Beast, Oz and the Good Witch, The Walking Dead, and Where’s Waldo top the list for couples’ costumes in 2013.
- 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 after Halloween.
- 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.
Halloween jokes for kids
Get the kids into the spirit of Halloween with these jokes and riddles for the young and young at heart from Jokecenter.com.
- 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
There are hundreds of Halloween websites on the Internet. For free printables for kids, here are a few of the more popular ones.
- DTLK: Free printable activities include bingo, bookmarks, calendars, chore charts, coloring pages, coupons, doorknob hangers, greeting cards and more.
- 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.
- Nick Jr: Choose from 44 different printable coloring pages, games, activities and more, including pumpkin stencils, door hangers, costume awards and so much more.
- ABC Teach: This is a great resource for learning activities like word searches, alphabet patterns, crossword puzzles, storybooks and tons of free coloring pages for Halloween fun.
- Parents.com: Family-friendly printables for kids of all ages include a pumpkin decorator, Halloween invitations, stickers, coloring books and pages and much more.
Easy-to-Make Halloween Crafts for Kids
Making a Halloween craft is quick and easy, especially with these idea starters.
- 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.
Atlanta Halloween events for kids for 2013
There are many family-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween in Atlanta including these annual events.
- Boo at the Zoo: October 19, 20, 26 and 27, 2013
- Halloween Hikes at the Chattahoochee Nature Center: October 18, 19, 25 and 26, 2013
- Georgia A-Scarium at Georgia Aquarium: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2013
- Six Flags Fright Fest: Friday and Saturdays in October.
- Atlantic Station Fall Festival: October 26, 2013.
- Goblins in the Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Garden: October 27, 2013
Atlanta is also home to some of the best haunted houses in the country. Click here to read about the top ten in and around Atlanta.
To receive future articles by Jackie Kass, scroll to the top of this article and click on SUBSCRIBE. Do you have a story idea? Email your ideas to me at email@example.com.