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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Probably when you were a kid you never wondered how the tradition of trick-or-treating became part of Halloween; you just knew it was the best night of the year to get loaded up with candy. Any other night of the year would be off limits to go knocking on your neighbor's door asking for a treat. There is some history behind it...

Trick-or-treating has ties to two Catholic holidays - All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. One day is for honoring martyrs, and the other for praying for the dead. "Souling," a practice going as far back as the Middle Ages, is what trick-or-treating is based on. Children and the poor in Ireland and Great Britain would travel from door to door offering prayers and singing for the dead in exchange for soul cakes. A soul cake was an individual small round Check Spellingcake filled with sweet spices like allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Each time a cake was eaten, a soul was freed from Purgatory.

In the United States, trick-or-treating for Halloween became popular in the 1950s. If a treat was not given when you knocked on a door, a mischievous trick or even vandalism was left behind. Today, over two-third of household in the United States give out candy to trick-or-treaters. Our favorite treat to give out are Pixy Stix Straw Candy. Besides being a fun day for kids, Halloween is one sweet holiday for the candy industry!

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