Halloween originated from the Pre-Christian Celtic festival named Samhain which was then celebrated on 31st October night. The Celt who existed around 2000 years ago, believed that on the day of Samhain, the dead returned to earth and people gathered for lighting the bonfires, offering sacrifices and paying homage to the deceased souls. Later on, this Samhain celebration transformed with the dressing up as ghosts, demons and other creatures with the exchange of food and drink. This custom of offering gifts in the exchange of protection is considered to be the antecedent of the trick-or-treating. Nowadays, the kids can’t imagine a Halloween festival without trick-or-treating for candy.
When the English and Irish immigrants came to America, they preserved some of their ancient traditions such as giving “soul cakes” to the poor beggars. Later on, this practice converted into the custom for children in disguise carrying lamps decorated with turnips-not-pumpkins and offering small performances in exchange of food or money. Soon the practice became immensely popular in America during the eve of Halloween. They would be traipsing door to door to ask the house owners for a trick to perform a mischievous thing or they have to offer some treats with cakes, nuts, candies, toys or small amount of money.
Why candy for Halloween?
Halloween party has become a fashion in the 20th century. But in the 1920s and the 1930s, the Halloween holiday was been marked by vandalism. To stop this practice, civic leaders strictly announced the day for the children’s celebration by giving them small treats and goodies. And today the most popular, alluring and expected treat for the children is candy, the most favorite prize for the kids.
Halloween Candies in 1900s
If you look at the history of Halloween candy, you should start searching for it in the 1900s. It has been found that Halloween candies were always as good as it tasted. They were good to eat and some of the popular flavors of these candies are vanilla and strawberry, nut and cream, buttercups, cream caramels, vanilla walnut, vanilla filbert and full chocolate.
Halloween Candies in 1920s
During this time the business for Halloween candies had started maturing. The popular candy flavors were orange jelly beans, orange gumdrops, orange buttercups and hard candies. Candy makers started decorating Halloween candy boxes with witch and black cat decoration tied wonderfully with pompons of black ribbons.
Halloween Candies in 1950s
Demand for Halloween candies has massively increased. The rising popularity for trick-or-treat has made the perfect marketing platforms for the product. With the swelling number of trick-or-treaters, the Halloween candies became economical. Major candy manufacturers also began to make small inexpensive candies.
Halloween Candies in 1970s onwards
Since 1970s the candies has become the only legitimate treat. One quarter of entire amount of candy sold in America every year is purchased during Halloween. Recently vintage candies are gaining popularity as the treats of Halloween.
Do you trick or treat when you were young? What candies do you use for your trick or treating?