Posts Tagged ‘Trick or Treating’
You know the drill. On or before the night of October 31st you’ll have gaggles of children in costumes knocking on your door shrieking the old adage “Trick-or-Treat” expecting candy in return.
Besides offering phenomenal candy, (and with the great Halloween selection from CandyFavorites.com, how could you offer anything less?) are there ways to make your Halloween candy stand out from the crowd this year? We believe the answer is a resounding, “yes!”. Simply follow a few of these tips to keep your candy bowl the spookiest, and the most fun this Halloween. And if you have creepy, goopy or fun ideas that we missed, share them in the comments below!
Re-Label Your Halloween Candy
What’s in a name? For Halloween this year, we challenge you to break away from boring old monikers like “jellybeans”, “M&M’s”, and “candy corn”, and try on something a little more festive! We love the ideas from mudpiestudio.com including, “Witches Warts”, “Ghost Poop”, “Monster Scabs”, and “Jack o’ Lantern Teeth”! First you’ll need to decide what Halloween candy you would like to distribute, and decide on a funny and festive name! Once you’ve got your labels designed and printed and your ziploc baggies handy, all that you’ll have left to do is distribute oodles of your favorite bulk candies into each of the designated bags. Staple your baggies closed with the label facing out and you’ll hear tons of giggles from your trick-or-treaters this Halloween!
Not going to be home for Halloween this year? You can still be part of the fun for the little ones with a creative candy display! Simply find a styrofoam wreath ring from a local craft store and get a giant bag of Dum Dum lollipops (or Chupa Chups). All you have to do is insert the lollipops one at a time into the styrofoam wreath. Complete your candy display with a little sign inviting children to take one and voila! Your house will be Halloween candy ready!
Think Outside The Bowl
Even if you’ll be in town while trick-or-treaters are ringing doorbells, nothing says you need to feel obligated to keep your Halloween candy housed in a boring old bowl! Re-think your candy container for a little spooky fun this Halloween! We personally love the idea of carving a wide mouth on a pumpkin and letting little ones pull their candy out from in between pumpkin teeth! How would you decorate yours?
Being the most interesting house on the block this Halloween isn’t JUST about the types and sizes of your Halloween candy. How will you let the spirit of the holiday inspire your candy-giving this year?
Colorful and imaginative costumes, ringing doorbells and little hands grabbing handfuls of candy out of a brimming candy dish – we think it’s safe to say that there’s no holiday quite like Halloween. But where did our traditions originate? After all, you have to admit that dressing up as your favorite character and asking virtual strangers for Halloween Candy is a bit strange.
Though many believe that trick-or-treating is just another one of those traditions cooked up by candy companies in order to generate revenue, the truth is that these traditions are rooted in history. The exact forerunners of today’s trick-or-treating habits – where children dress up, knock on neighbors’ doors and collect bucketfuls of candy – may be a bit hazy but here are a few contenders for potential influencers. Which do you think is the real inspiration for Halloween celebrations?
During the ninth century in England, November 2nd was designated “All Souls Day”, which was a time for honoring relatives and ancestors who had passed on. To celebrate, townsfolk would participate in bonfires and masquerades. In addition to festive parties, poor people would visit the houses of richer families and beg for “soul cakes” in exchange for promises to pray for the souls of the homeowners’ deceased relatives. The tradition was later taken up by children who would go door-to-door asking for gifts like food or money.
Also during the ninth century in Scotland and Ireland, young people took part in a tradition called “guising” wherein they dressed up in costumes and accepted offerings from various households. In exchange for the gifts they received, these youngsters would sing a song, recite a poem, tell a joke or perform another form of “trick”. Could this possibly be where the phrase “Trick-or-treat” came from?
In the early 20th century, many immigrants to the United States had begun to revive the traditions of “Souling” and “Guising”. However, by the 1920’s many of these traditions had devolved into pranks and vandalism rather than harmless door-to-door visits and begging. When the Great Depression struck, the issues surrounding Halloween pranking and damage became much worse. Some sources theorize that it was this costly vandalism issue that led to the organization of community-based trick-or-treating events to deter these activities.
Regardless of where these traditions came from, one thing is certain – Halloween is still the best night of the year to show off frightening costumes and gather gobs of delicious candy! But before you can indulge on the busiest candy-eating night of the year, you need to stock up! Visit candyfavorites.com and peruse our selection of tasty, sweet, cute and spooky Halloween Candy. We’re sure you’ll find just the treats you’ve been looking for!
Since Halloween is right around the corner, I have been focusing on blogging about the best candies to hand out on Halloween. There were the candies that my friends and I would to hoard and boast about who had more.
As great as it is to give out the popular favorites, don’t forget that kids love variety. Don’t be afraid to switch it up and give something out that you aren’t sure kids will like, because if everyone gave out Reese’s…
One thing I got most excited for as a kid—and when I say kid, I mean until I graduated high school. Yes, I trick or treated every year until college. It’s not every day that you can ring a doorbell and be greeted with a costume, a smile, and free candy—were the “full size” candies. So many people give you the little fun size, and bite size which aren’t bad, they just aren’t special.
Even if the full size bar wasn’t a candy I liked, the idea of the full size was so exciting. We’d see our friends on the street and let them know “The house with the Steelers pumpkin is giving out full size snickers!!” and those kids would run off in excitement to find the house and collect their full size candy.
The bragging at the end of the night would usually revolve around who had more full size candies. This doesn’t mean you have to blow your bank account on full sizers to make the kids happy, I’m just informing. Whatever candy you may choose to give out, I’m sure the trick-or-treaters won’t be disappointed. Have a happy Halloween!