Carlsbad, CA (PRWEB) October 18, 2006
Do you know who the first people to celebrate Halloween were? Why people originally wore costumes on Halloween? And what Roman Catholic holy day follows Halloween? You should, according to a new survey conducted by morefocus, an online research organization, that showed a majority of people are knowledgeable about the origins of many Halloween traditions, though they didn't prove too keen on the linguistics of the holiday.
Just more than half of the more than 1,800 people who took the survey knew that the Celts were the first to celebrate Halloween. Seventy-five percent of respondents were also correct that the tradition of wearing Halloween costumes started as an effort to scare away spirits and ghosts. And 58 percent knew that Roman Catholics celebrate All Saints Day on the day after Halloween.
When it came to the meaning behind words associated with the spooky atmosphere of Halloween, people were not so sure. Only 23 percent of respondents knew that "poltergeist" means "noisy ghost," while most people, 66 percent, thought the word means "mischievous ghost."
Similarly, only 26 percent of people who took the quiz knew that someone morbidly afraid of Friday the 13th suffers from Paraskevidekatriaphobia. More people, 59 percent, thought the condition is called Tredecimaphobia.
Most respondents proved knowledgeable when it came to the edible aspects of Halloween traditions, including bobbing for apples at Halloween parties, where to find a pumpkin growing, and what vegetable was originally carved as a jack-o-lantern in Scotland (that's the turnip, in case you didn't know).
There were a few questions that stumped a majority of those who took the survey. The question about traditions that seemed to baffle respondents most was how trick-or-treaters in Scotland earn their treat. Only 36 percent knew that it is by entertaining whoever opens the door. More people, 41 percent, believed it was by answering a riddle.
Further information and summary results of the quiz are available on request from morefocus.
About morefocus group inc.
San Diego- and London-based morefocus group inc., builds and maintains high-traffic networks across multiple verticals. Independently, or together with its domain-owning clients, the Company owns or controls a leading independent healthcare and lifestyle network controlled by a suite of proprietary publishing, ad-serving, analytics and behavioral monitoring applications. The publications and software applications are applied to build engaged traffic, recruit, sample and manage registered consumers, and build marketing ROI for major healthcare and consumer marketing corporations.
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