For other thirteen’s, wander over to Alice’s.
1. After the death of her husband, poet Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) kept his heart wrapped up in silk until she died. It was later buried with their son.
2. Würzburg, Germany (where I was born) is credited with burning the most number of witches during a given period of time (900 men, women and children from 1627 -1629.)
3. A male Witch is not a “Warlock”. This is a Scottish term, meaning “traitor”, or “oathbreaker”. (A male Witch is a “Witch”).
4. The house cat is the only domesticated animal not mentioned in the Bible.
5. Samhainophobia is an intense fear of Halloween.
6. A cup of candy corn has fewer calories than a cup of raisins. (but 1 gram of candy corn has 4 calories while 1 gram of raisins has 3 calories.)
7. In France, more than 30,000 werewolf cases were tried between 1520 and 1630.
8. Pennsylvania was the first colony to legalize witchcraft.
9. There is a poisonous mushroom called a jack-o’-lantern. These mushrooms are a bright orange-yellow in color and on rainy nights they appears to glow in the dark.
10. In Italy, it is illegal to craft coffins out of anything but wood or nutshells.
11. October 30 is National Candy Corn Day.
12. Anna Göldi was the last person to be executed in Europe for being a witch. She was hanged in Switzerland in 1782.
13. Legendary magician Harry Houdini died in Detroit from a ruptured appendix on Halloween in 1926. No one “famous” has both been born on and died on Halloween.