Trick-or-treating harks back to the Middle Ages and All Souls’ Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat, and pray for dead relatives in return.
When trick-or-treating first became popular in the United States in the 1800s, more children played mischievous pranks than asked for candy. By the 1950s, though, the focus had switched to good old family fun, with sugar-hyped children dressed in costumes.
The candy-collecting tradition has spread from the United States to Canada, Australia, and Western Europe, where more and more little goblins now trick-or-treat. In parts of England, children carry lanterns called punkies (which look like jack-o’-lanterns) and parade through the town on the last Thursday of October. In Ireland, rural neighborhoods light bonfires, and children play snap apple, in which they try to take a bite from apples that are hung by strings from a tree or a door frame.
Chocolate makes up about three-quarters of a trick-or-treater’s loot, according to the National Confectioners Association.
If you find yourself with more candy than you know what you do with, put your leftover sweets to good use with these Halloween candy ideas.
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I’m so happy this year that I get to be home to give out candy to all the kids in my neighborhood, last year I had to work and I was so sad to miss seeing all the kids in their costumes.
This year I have some (hopefully) amazing decorations I want to make. I’m really loving these cool chicken wire silhouettes. If you paint them with glow in the dark paint they should look like ghostly dresses wandering around your yard. I have a large front yard that could handle 2 or 3 of these dresses. If it works I think it will make my yard look spooky yet somehow elegant.
Here are some of the scariest books of all time. Check them out …. if you dare ….
It By Steven King
Hell House by Richard Matheson
Dracula by Bram Stoker
The turn of the screw by Henry James
The haunting of Hill house by Shirley Jackson
The silence of the lambs by Thomas Harris
Rosemary’s baby by Ira Levin
We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shrive
The Ritual by Adam Nevill
The doll in the garden by Mary Downing Hahn
White is for witching by Helen Oyeyemi