Brenda Rangel

Too early to start talking about Halloween? Um, I think not.

     It’s time to pull out your favorite decor and transform your home from cozy to spooky. It’s time to kick off the holiday season with some darkness and start brainstorming costume ideas. It’s time to start stocking up on candy and start that trick or treat mentality. I know October only just begun, but already I can’t get enough of Halloween nor the candy that comes along with it. With that being said, let's start today with a brief, yet sweet, history on Halloween candy.

     There are a couple of theories on how candy got involved with Halloween. One of the most popular being that it got its “birth” through Candy Day. Before Halloween became known as the candy day, there was Candy Day. Candy Day started in 1916 and took place on the second Saturday of October. In the 1950’s, this day took a new name and came to be known as Sweetest Day but never gained traction. It’s believed that Halloween overshadowed the day and slowly lost its candy crown. But no need to feel too sorry for the day, for today we have National Candy Day (November 4th), National Chocolate Candy Day (December 28), and National Sour Candy Day (July 18).

     Another popular theory is that it was during the late 40’s and early 50’s that Halloween candy began its partnership with the holiday as it was during this time that trick or treating was already firmly established. Many find this theory to be more credible than that of others because it was also around this time that candy companies began to realize the value of the Halloween holiday and its connection to candy. At first, candy was competing with small toys, fruit, homemade treats, and nuts. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that candy makers stepped up their game and began altering their candy towards the Halloween theme. Halloween candy only grew after this point and it wasn’t long before their relationship became official.

       Happy Pre-Halloween Everyone!! 

 

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