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Pumpkin and Halloween Facts & Trivia

Pumpkin and Halloween Facts & Trivia

Did You Know?


  • Pumpkin Trivia 1Pumpkins are actually a fruit that originated in Central America.
  • The name "pumpkin" comes from the Greek word "pepon," meaning a large melon.
  • 90% of the pumpkin is made up of water.
  • The yellow-orange flowers that bloom from a pumpkin vine are edible.
  • 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 medicinal properties.
  • Illinois grows more pumpkins than any other state in the country. It harvests nearly 12,300 acres of fruit.

Halloween Facts

  • 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 World Records)
  • More than 93 percent of children go trick-or-treating each year. (source: NCA)pumpkin facts and halloween trivia
  • 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" ages 5-13.
  • Legendary magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit from a ruptured appendix on Halloween in 1926. Trick? Who really knows…

Ready to create your own Halloween traditions? Stop by Fiesta Mart and pick up your Pumpkin Masters® Carving Tool Kit plus the perfect pumpkin for your jack-o'-lantern in our Produce Department today!

 Pumpkin and Halloween Facts & Trivia courtesy Pumpkin Masters®.



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