It’s that time of year once again! The time of beautiful autumn leaves, cool breezes, sweaters, and of course, Halloween, with all its sugary goodness! Who doesn’t love the outdoor decorations, carved pumpkins, costumes and mounds of candy! That’s why we’d like to take you through the origins of Halloween, then discuss all the types of candy you can trick-or-treat for this spooky season.
Where does Halloween come from?
First of all, why do we even eat candy during this holiday? Where does this tradition come from? It actually goes back thousands of years, all the way to pre-Christian Europe. The Celtic peoples, living in parts of what is now Ireland, the UK and Northern France, celebrated a holiday known as Samhain at the end of October, to mark the end of the harvest season. It was believed that at this time of year, the dead could return. People would dress up in costumes while others would leave out food and drink to ward off any wandering spirits. As time went by, people started dressing up as ghosts and spirits themselves, performing and doing tricks in exchange for food. This would become the precursor of trick-or-treating!
After Christianity spread all over the continent, Celtic rituals faded away, but medieval Christians had their own holidays that were similar to Samhain. In England, the poor would visit the homes of the wealthy, promising to pray for the souls of the homeowner’s diseased relatives. In payment, they would receive treats called “soul cakes.” Eventually, this job would be assigned to children.
European immigrants who moved to America brought this tradition with them from the 19th century onwards, but giving out candy to children only came recently. Trick-or-treating started out in the 1930s. Before, people would give out fruit, baked goods, toys, nuts and even coins. As Halloween became more widespread across the country, so did giving out candy. For one thing, kids love it. And second, parents were apparently worried about other treats being tampered with, so they started preferring packaged candy to homemade treats. And that’s how Halloween as we know it today came to be! Now, let’s go through the most well-known and renowned Halloween candies in Canada.
Types of Halloween Candies
There’s nothing better than coming home after a successful trick-or-treat, looking at one’s loot, and perhaps exchanging a few with friends, during which some display remarkable negotiation and diplomacy skills. What candies do kids love the most?
We hope you will have a spooky, fun and tasty Halloween this year, and for all you need to know about candy types, check out where to get them on Dessert Advisor!
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