By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

25 Facts About Halloween That Will Scare You Witless. #19 Is Actually Horrifying.

You've got your costume, your spooky snacks, and your entire house is decorated to maximum Halloween capacity. Despite the fact that Halloween is your favorite, how much do you really know about this centuries-old holiday?

Below are 25 facts about Halloween's traditions, history, and origins. You might be surprised to learn where the jack-o-lantern came from, or why owls are associated with Halloween in the first place. Take off your terrifying Halloween mask for a moment to read these fascinating facts, and be prepared to have your mind blown by #23.

#1. Halloween (the film) had a low budget, so they purchased an already-made mask from a local Halloween shop for Michael Myers to wear. Believe it or not, the mask is actually a modified mask of William Shatner.

#2. The first jack-o-lanterns were actually carved from turnips.

#3. The word “witch” comes from the Old English wicce, meaning “wise woman.” At certain times throughout history, people that practiced wicca were highly respected members of the community.

#4. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl's call meant someone was about to die. That probably explains why owls are still a popular Halloween image today.

#5. According to Irish legend, jack-o-lanterns are named after a man named Jack. The story goes like this: Jack tricked the devil, and was forbidden to enter both heaven and hell. He was condemned to wander the Earth, waving his lantern to lead people away from their intended path.

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