The ghost and goblins—not all of the human kind–will be out in mass this weekend, ringing doorbells and scaring neighbors.
As you’re handing out candy or dressing up for your own Halloween capers, here are few bits of trivia to share with your friends, family, and perhaps the occasional otherworld spirit:
- When it comes to the hottest picks for costumes, kids want to dress up as a princess or batman, according to the National Retail Federation. Of course, I got a kick out of a recent story on Parenting.com of a three-year-old who lived near a job site and wanted to be a construction worker for Halloween. His imaginative mom didn’t disappoint. You’ve got to check out his costume, complete with backhoe.
- If you haven’t picked a Halloween costume yet, there’s still time! Google is here to help, as usual. Frightgeist shows you what the most popular Halloween costume ideas are in your area, as well as nationally.
- Peanut butter cups are the most popular Halloween candy across the U.S. But when you look at the top candy choice per state, candy corn takes the lead! (Why do these orange and white treats remind me of construction safety cones?)
- Perhaps the most famous haunted house in the U.S. is the White House. Reportedly Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, David Burns, and first-lady Abigail Adams still walk the halls of the prestigious presidential residence. Even British Prime Minister Winston Churchill told a story of one visit to the White House where he emerged from his evening bath to find a ghostly Lincoln sitting by the fireplace in his room.
- Speaking of haunted houses, the Winchester Mystery House has a bazaar history with a construction twist. Built by Sarah Winchester on the advice of a medium, the home was under construction from 1884, with crews working nonstop (24/7), until her death in 1922. (Can you imagine managing a 38-year project schedule?) Why so long? Because the psychic told Sarah that as long as construction on the home never stopped no harm would come to her.
- The Thing (1982) is number one on the Boston Globe’s fright fest list for scariest films. Not surprising, Jaws (1975) and The Exorcist (1973) are next in line. Check out the entire list of top 50 scariest movies for some nail-biting, heart-thumping fun.
We hope you all have a goolishly good time this Halloween. Boo!
About the Author
Deb Carpenter-Beck is a writer and marketer with more than 25 years of experience in the construction and real estate industries. She often writes about technology and best practices and is passionate about helping contractors and real estate professionals achieve their business goals. You can follow her on Twitter @DebCBConstruct.