Oct 28, 2005

* "Phasmophobia" is the fear of ghosts.

* A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins.

* It's illegal to sell a haunted house in New York without informing the buyer.

* Eighty-two percent of children take part in Halloween festivities, as do 67% of adults.

* The first jack-o'-lanterns were made of turnips.

* "Samhainophobia" is the morbid fear of Halloween.

* Halloween is the biggest holiday of the year when it comes to candy sales—estimated at $1.93 billion. One quarter of all the candy sold each year is purchased between September 15 and November 10.

* The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,469 pounds. It was weighed in on October 1, 2005 at the Pennsylvania Giant Pumpkin Growers Weigh-Off.

* The Scots believed in "Samhanach," a goblin who came out only on Halloween and stole children.

* Halloween costume sales are estimated at $1.5 billion.

* Eighty percent of kids say their favorite Halloween candy is either chocolate or gum.

* Pumpkins are fruits, not vegetables.

* Fifty-one percent of all American adults believe in ghosts.

* Americans consume about 20 million pounds of candy corn each year.

* According to studies, the smell of pumpkin pie is the most arousing to women, followed by lavender, cucumbers, baby powder and Good & Plenty candy.

* Americans spend about $50 million on Halloween greetings.

* Ninety-nine percent of pumpkins sold in the U.S. are used to make jack-o'-lanterns.

* The average U.S. household spends $44 on Halloween candy.

* October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.