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Kitchen Histories: Trick-or-Treat

Oct 6, 2014

by Sarah Lohman

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Sarah Lohman is a historic gastronomist. She recreates historic recipes as a way to make a personal connection with the past, as well as to inspire her contemporary cooking. You can follow her adventures on her blog, Four Pounds Flour. In this series, Lohman combs Etsy for items that speak to America’s culinary past.

I was a trick-or-treat migrant. My mom would import me from my rural home to the neighborhood she grew up in, a suburb with houses closely packed on postage-stamp-sized lawns. These city blocks, not the country ones that stretched for miles, were prime candy-collecting territory. In between the houses that passed out hard candies and pennies, there were places where elderly couples passed out full-sized candy bars — sometimes king sized! I’ll never forget the feeling of adventure, pressing onward into the night, my pillowcase getting heavier and heavier with my candy treasure.

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Halloween revelers of the 1950s.

Reflecting on my memories today, I’m struck by the strangeness of the Halloween tradition: how did we end up running through the streets, in costume, demanding candy in the first place?

The celebration of Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain, which means “Summer’s End,” a harvest festival. When Catholicism came to the British Isles, converts made a conscious effort to transform pagan holidays into Christian holidays. In the 8th or 9th century, November 1 was declared “All Hallows Day,” a holy day to honor the saints and martyrs of the church. October 31 became All Hallows Eve, and the practice of “souling” was observed on this day: the poor would travel door to door, asking for fruits or other foods, and would often be given a “soul cake.” These cakes, made with spices, fruit and sometimes saffron, were thought to free a soul from purgatory.

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Antique Hallowe’en postcards.

When Irish immigrants came to America in the 17th and 18th centuries, they brought All Hallows Eve traditions, which blended with American “mumming” traditions. Practiced on Thanksgiving and New Year’s, mumming involved parading the streets in rags or cross-dressing, playing music or making noise, and demanding food and drink from homeowners. Additionally, Harvest Festivals were celebrated in farming communities, which brought men and women together to shuck corn and dance. Women paring apples might throw an apple peel over their shoulders; when it hit the floor, it would reveal the initials of the girl’s future husband.

These harvest festivals became more modernized and domesticated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as “Hallowe’en” theme parties. These parties included decorations and flirtatious games, like “ducking for apples,” and served harvest-themed foods like pumpkin pie, sweet cider, doughnuts, popcorn, and dishes of nuts and candies. The earliest candy to be associated with Hallowe’en at this time was candy corn, first produced in the 1880s and commonly known as “chicken feed.” According to The Atlantic:

“Candy-making oral tradition credits the invention of candy corn to George Renninger, a candy maker at the Wunderle Candy Company of Philadelphia…At that time, many candy makers were producing ‘butter cream’ candies molded into all kinds of natural or plant-inspired shapes, including chestnuts, turnips, and clover leaves. The real innovation in candy corn was the layering of three colors. This made it taxing to produce (all those colors had to be layered by hand in those days). But the bright, layered colors also made the candy novel and visually exciting.”

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Halloween party decorations, 1924.

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Costume party from the early 1900s.

The 1920s and 1930s saw an increase in these Hallowe’en-themed parties, as well as an increase in general carousing and naughtiness on Hallowe’en night. The first mention of the phrase “trick or treat” in a 1927 article lists some of the pranks that were pulled:

“Hallowe’en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun. No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc., much of which decorated the front street. The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word ‘trick or treat,’ to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.”

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Vintage Simplicity patterns for Halloween.

WWII sugar rationing greatly decreased the Halloween festivities, but the post-war era gave birth to Halloween as the holiday we know today. Americans were moving in droves to suburban communities, and activities were greatly focused on the family. Halloween transitioned fully from a threatening, prank-filled holiday to an innocent exchange of goodies. In addition to manufacturing pre-made costumes and Halloween decorations, companies began to launch Halloween-themed candies, although homemade treats like cookies and caramel apples were still commonly distributed. Trick-or-treaters often entered each home for punch, homemade sweets, and activities.

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Sarah Lohman

To incorporate some of the homemade in my holiday, I tried my hand at making Chicken Feed, better known today as candy corn, from scratch. Handmade, they taste vastly better than their commercial counterparts, while still managing to trigger the same childhood memories.

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3 Featured Comments

  • gossamer531

    Gossamer Tearoom from TheGossamerTearoom said 4 years ago Featured

    Wow! Homemade candy corn! My mother would have loved this!!! I'm dating myself here, but when I was a child, my neighbors still made handmade goodies like caramel apples and popcorn balls to give out for Halloween. How fun it was to plan your costume for weeks and then go door to door, collecting these lovingly-made treats!

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 4 years ago Featured

    I'm fascinated by the wholesomeness of an era when children could collect homemade treats from their neighbors, or even be welcomed inside. I also really like the vintage photos, although some of them are really, really creepy!

  • FauldsForge

    Heather McGuire from FauldsForge said 4 years ago Featured

    This was such an enjoyable read, seeing old Halloween photos, decor and traditions makes me incredibly nostalgic for a version of Halloween I never got to experience as a child born in the late eighties. I loved watching scary movies on Halloween night with bowls of popcorn and our pillow cases full of loot gleaned from enthusiastically decorated front porches, but there is just something so appealing about the "Hallowe'en" of the mid-twentieth century.

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  • Agasart

    Aga from AgasJourney said 4 years ago

    great and inspiring post. Thank you for sharing

  • ellabellamay

    Ursula Goetz from ellabellamay said 4 years ago

    What a great history of Halloween! Thank you for posting this! It makes it even more fun to celebrate, knowing how it all began! Happy Hallowe'en!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    This is such a great post! I love Halloween!

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro from BlueRoseRetro said 4 years ago

    Homemade candy corn! What an endeavor. I would LOVE to try that.

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 4 years ago

    Love these posts about the history of food. Another great one!

  • JackieDoremus

    Jaclyn Doremus from TheLandofCraft said 4 years ago

    This was a great post! I love looking at old holiday pictures! Reading about the history was too cool too! Halloween is definitely an adventure!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 4 years ago

    I love the nostalgic pictures that go with this article. Truly enjoyed reading it

  • DarburyCottage

    Rosemary Wascher from DarburyCottage said 4 years ago

    I love all those vintage picture's, I have so much fun this time of year.

  • lyssieloveshalloween

    lyssieloveshalloween from SpinningGypsyWitch said 4 years ago

    Great article and pics! I adore the thought of making candy at home for my wee ones too :) Yay for Hallowe'en!

  • anamariah

    Ana Maria from TimelessBeautyVtg said 4 years ago

    This is a delightful blog entry. I particularly like the eerie picture "Halloween party decorations, 1924." :)

  • gossamer531

    Gossamer Tearoom from TheGossamerTearoom said 4 years ago Featured

    Wow! Homemade candy corn! My mother would have loved this!!! I'm dating myself here, but when I was a child, my neighbors still made handmade goodies like caramel apples and popcorn balls to give out for Halloween. How fun it was to plan your costume for weeks and then go door to door, collecting these lovingly-made treats!

  • SamSammie

    Sam from SamieSam said 4 years ago

    So many great items and interesting facts in this post. Love Etsy for Halloween!

  • Parachute425

    Terry from Parachute425 said 4 years ago

    What fun! Great photos and interesting facts. Enjoyed the read.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 4 years ago

    Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble. ~ from "Macbeth"

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 4 years ago

    That picture from the party in the early 1900s reminds me of one of my most prized possessions: an antique photo album chock full of old photos, including one of two women in Victorian dresses: one in a pig mask, and one in a witch mask!

  • tomsaaristo

    tomsaaristo from TheBar65 said 4 years ago

    It's the most wonderful time, of the year!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 4 years ago

    Remember kids, not everyone appreciates masked gangs of beggars going from door to door demanding candy with menaces... people who are elderly or alone may find it particularly threatening and scary, especially those who live in the wider world outside of the US & have had this custom recently imposed on them from elsewhere.

  • ChenFuchsJewelry

    Chen Fuchs from ChenFuchsJewelry said 4 years ago

    My absolute favorit time of the year ! So great and exciting. Also the best creations come to me at this time..

  • StylishKiddies

    StylishKiddies from StylishKiddies said 4 years ago

    Nice article

  • GiftsPoint

    Irina from GiftsPoint said 4 years ago

    Great post! Thank you!

  • GracefullyGirly

    Kimberlee from GracefullyGirly said 4 years ago

    I just LOVE your posts! Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays! It's so fun to learn a few new things. I am off to learn how to make those endearing handmade chicken scratch candies. Thanks!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Awesome article!

  • SkySaddle

    Nick & Margaret from SkySaddleSwings said 4 years ago

    We love candy corn! Great looking treats!

  • debvasbinder

    Deb Vasbinder from BabyCuteBaby said 4 years ago

    I love this post - Thank You for sharing!!

  • ArtyDidact

    Sharon Parker from ArtyDidact said 4 years ago

    When our kids were little (about 20 years ago), we lived in a modest lower-middle-class neighborhood and were blessed with lots of kids on our block.I used to really enjoy seeing the neighbor kids all dressed up in their various costumes and sometimes having to guess who it was! I really miss that, as the last few years on our current block there haven't been very many kids. But there are a few new kids on the block, and little Beatrice down the street from us is probably old enough to walk a few doors down with her adult companions, so I'm hoping to see a few more trick-or-treaters this year.

  • Fiume

    Erin O'Rourke from Aruguletta said 4 years ago Featured

    I'm fascinated by the wholesomeness of an era when children could collect homemade treats from their neighbors, or even be welcomed inside. I also really like the vintage photos, although some of them are really, really creepy!

  • smcrosley

    Sarah Schultz from BusybeesCreation said 4 years ago

    What a great post! Thanks for sharing. Loved all of the vintage photos.

  • ClassicMemories

    ClassicMemories from ClassicMemories said 4 years ago

    Always loved Halloween. Great memories of the fun times as a kid running from door to door in my Brooklyn, NY apt building trick or treating.

  • ottobags

    Tevhide from ottobags said 4 years ago

    Vintage photos are so cute:)

  • MaudeAndLola

    Jeanette from MaudeAndLola said 4 years ago

    That was a great read, very interesting. The accompanying photos were adorably fun as well. Conjuring memories of my childhood costumes (from a million years ago). I noticed, in that photo from the early 1900s, there are skulls and a little cat head or something on the floor, weird. My best friend (since childhood) loves Halloween, still gets dressed up every year - will forward this to her, thanks!

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 4 years ago

    Great post!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 4 years ago

    Very good article! Thanks for sharing!!

  • shiphrah99

    Suzan Wachs Katzir from shiphrah99 said 4 years ago

    This is great. And a quick search on Amazon yields whole-fat powdered milk, which has got to taste way better. (Sorry, Sarah, I think non-fat is vile. :-) )

  • classyjewel

    Tania from WildFlowerCorner said 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the history of Halloween. I never thought about it. It was a great childhood holiday, especially going throught the bag and keeping the chocolates and candy you really enjoy. To celebrate I included some pillows in my shop.

  • peaseblossomstudio

    Caroline from AnchorRoad said 4 years ago

    Great article! My mother used to make shortbread cookies and wrap them up with candy corn in little packages tied with autumn colored yarns and pass them out. The best part of these was the leftover cookies! She also handmade most of our costumes every year. Good memories.

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 4 years ago

    Fun ! I think I'm going for the 1920's family dining room decor this year ~ love it in the photo !

  • woodiphonecases

    Wood Iphone Cases from WoodiPhoneCases said 4 years ago

    I could eat a whole bag of candy corn right now

  • CrystalFox6

    CrystalFox6 from CrystalFoxTreasures said 4 years ago

    Wonderful post! Samhain is my favourite holiday. I love cooking and that recipe sounds interesting. I'm going to have to try it.

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 4 years ago

    Ahhh! Yes! This is why Kitchen Histories is one of my favorite things in the Etsy blog. I love reading abut the history of food and the cultural traditions they are tied to. Thanx for sharing! And please, don't stop!

  • Powerofflower

    Lorena Balea-Raitz from BaleaRaitzART said 4 years ago

    Funky shops!

  • ParisCabinet

    JD Kohler from ParisCabinet said 4 years ago

    Love the history and old photos! What a fun time this is, only 27 more days!

  • AliCART

    Annaliese from AliCArt said 4 years ago

    That was a really nice article, very interesting and informative (and well written, enjoyable to read!). Thank you for the history of Halloween! :)

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 4 years ago

    Happy Halloween fun time! Loved this post, super cute and informative. Really wanna try the homemade chicken feed. I dig me some candy corn!...and most things fall and Halloween related ;)

  • hmmills

    Helen Mills from 1820BagCo said 4 years ago

    Awesome history lesson, the old photos was awesome

  • paperlovespen

    paperlovespen from paperlovespen said 4 years ago

    That 1924 picture of Halloween decorations is awesome! The picture of the Halloween Costume Party looks like an ad for a very scary movie!

  • woodg

    Gwendolyn Stoldt from PrincessPawn said 4 years ago

    More pics please!

  • lowelowejewelry

    Lowe Jewelry from lowelowejewelry said 4 years ago

    Great :)

  • LittleTinyChef

    TinyCookies from TinyCookies said 4 years ago

    Awesome post!

  • GoldenSpiralDesigns

    Lola Ocian from GoldenSpiralDesigns said 4 years ago

    I always wondered where those strange customs originated... Thanks for the illumination! Fantastic.

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo from Bananamoo said 4 years ago

    Awesome post....my mom always dressed me as a witch every Halloween when I was a kid! I don't know if I was the cheapest costum or if she was trying to tell me something! Lol Thank you for unearthing my memories.

  • Bananamoo

    Bananamoo from Bananamoo said 4 years ago

    Just one thing. I think the racist picture of white men or boys dressed as black men for Halloween could have been left out!

  • BarnshopAntiques

    Carol Bender from BarnshopAntiques said 4 years ago

    Great article ....I want that tablecloth in the 1920s photo.

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    This was a great post!

  • tippleandsnack

    Tipple and Snack from tippleandsnack said 4 years ago

    Amazing vintage images!

  • snowflakesara20

    Sara from UrbanFarmhouseTampa said 4 years ago

    Love hearing about the origin of Halloween! And that homemade candy corn looks fun to try.

  • SewforYou

    Cynthia from SewforYou said 4 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your article. The Halloween treats look so good!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Great pics!

  • 1dream

    1dream from 1dream said 4 years ago

    I love it..Thank you for sharing!

  • septemberstation

    Julie and Jade Station from JulieandJadeVintage said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this history and all of the fabulous old photos!

  • fancy4u

    fancy4u from BrushAndFeather said 4 years ago

    a really interesting post, enjoyed the history notes and the vintage photos.

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Great treasury!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    wonderful article and ! meant great memories!

  • BrownBooks

    Leah Fitts from TheBlackSpruce said 4 years ago

    I love this historical look at my favorite holiday!

  • Themissingtagvintage

    Caroline and Brandon Matey from TheMissingTagVintage said 4 years ago

    Great read. Candy corn/chicken feed was in my three of halloween sweets!

  • ballandchain

    Katrina Balling from ballandchain said 4 years ago

    mmmm candy corn makes it's own gravy.

  • Elyseeart

    Lavinia Voicu from Elyseeart said 4 years ago

    Awesome article and intriguing themed old pictures!

  • callunamuse

    Heather from CallunaMuse said 4 years ago

    I have never heard of a historic gastronomist but I wish I had years ago, sounds like an amazing job! Thank you for the fun read!

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 4 years ago

    Halloween is my favorite holiday to craft for! Thank you for sharing this! It's inspiring!

  • FauldsForge

    Heather McGuire from FauldsForge said 4 years ago Featured

    This was such an enjoyable read, seeing old Halloween photos, decor and traditions makes me incredibly nostalgic for a version of Halloween I never got to experience as a child born in the late eighties. I loved watching scary movies on Halloween night with bowls of popcorn and our pillow cases full of loot gleaned from enthusiastically decorated front porches, but there is just something so appealing about the "Hallowe'en" of the mid-twentieth century.

  • PetiteCo

    Vanessa from PetiteCo said 4 years ago

    I love the history of celebrations and although we don't celebrate Halloween in portugal, on the first of November we celebrate the "all saints day", when people pay respect to their family members that passed away and often visit cemeteries to offer flowers. It's actually a national holiday. On rural areas, there's still the tradition of "asking for bread in name of God", which happens on this date. Although it's not as common as it once was (when poverty and famine was an everyday reality), today kids go from door to door asking for candy, fruits and money. I remember vividly doing this during my childhood with my cousins and coming home with a bag full of nuts, oranges, coins and candy. Happy memories :)

  • craftbliss

    Dee from craftbliss said 4 years ago

    Love the photos and article! The Simplicity patterns take me back to my trick or treating days! ~Dee

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock said 4 years ago

    Great article!

  • novavintage

    novavintage from NovaVintage said 4 years ago

    Fascinating!

  • Kam2012

    Kam from RiverGoddessBoutique said 4 years ago

    Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for the interesting read.

  • BigPhilsEmporium

    Philip Lisle from BigPhilsEmporium said 4 years ago

    Love me some Halloween !

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 from breadandroses2 said 4 years ago

    Great fun!

  • cynthie77

    Cynthia Loynd from RiverRugs said 4 years ago

    Thanks for such a great read! Would love to try making chicken feed!

  • richdon1

    Rich and Dona from TheCottageMouse said 4 years ago

    Love the historical story and all your pics. Great post. I am making haunted gingerbread houses at the moment. We love Halloween in my family and start the festivities early. Thanks for the enchanting read.

  • mvmayophotography

    Mary Mayo from MVMayoPhotography said 4 years ago

    Great read. Love the pics.

  • metroretrovintage

    metroretrovintage from metroretrovintage said 4 years ago

    Halloween is such a unique U.S. 'holiday', with little pressure of any kind, other than just having a bit of fun. Love the old photos.

  • edieandglo

    kelly hickey from edieandglo said 4 years ago

    Living in the country with my 4 kids I can totally relate to your mom taking you in to town to Trick or Treat. So fun! and great history.

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    What a great history of Halloween, I had no idea! I learn more on the Etsy blogs than I did in college, me thinks. :)

  • iwantedtowonder

    Nancy & Pat from iwantedtowonder said 4 years ago

    Thanks for the history ... always loved Halloween :]

  • andreacaroline1

    Andrea Caroline from SweetCarolineConfect said 4 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for this amazing post and for featuring my halloween lollipops! This is amazing!

  • cinderandhoney

    Caitlin Benson from cinderandhoney said 4 years ago

    Love it!

  • Moondogjewelry

    Tony from RocknBracelets said 4 years ago

    Trick or Treat???

  • AuntHattiesAttic

    AuntHattiesAttic from AuntHattiesAttic said 4 years ago

    Thank you! I too love food history and culinary traditions. We generally couldn't eat anything home made from out trick or treating in the 1950s. We did have neighbors who made popcorn balls and homemade whoopie pies, which were delicious! I also remember hitting the better neighborhoods for candy. I don't think there were even small candy bars back then!

  • WackyWanitas

    WackyWanitas from WackyWanitaDesigns said 4 years ago

    Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year--bar none. Valentines Day is a close second and Christmas not far behind; but there's an enchanting quality to Halloween, a safe wickedness that has not failed to excite me every year since I had the privilege of choosing my own costume. With a father who refused to participate after I was nine because he heard from a friend that the holiday had evil roots, which were apparently to terrible to share with me, I always wondered what the origins were... but now I feel as though the history adds only more charm and mystery to the event which I look forward to each October 31. Yay for Halloween!

  • happyaskingsshop

    Rachel Osborne from happyaskingsshop said 4 years ago

    I love those vintage photographs. So cool!

  • ACESfinds

    Alison Herr Scates and Chuck Scates from ACESFINDSVINTAGE said 4 years ago

    Wow, very interesting. Great vintage photos too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  • chenjun1

    Chen Jun from BagyHandy said 4 years ago

    very interesting story of Halloween, thank for sharing :) also the pics look really cool.

  • HoneyThistle

    Wei from HoneyThistle said 4 years ago

    I love how educational & fun these posts are :) I must admit, store bought candy corn really turns me off, but your handmade ones look a bit more promising!

  • eileenheneghan

    Eileen from EileenHeneghanStout said 4 years ago

    Such a fun read, Halloween is by far the best holiday.

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 4 years ago

    Very informative post. I enjoyed reading about the origins of the tradition of serving candy corn for Halloween. Your candy corn looks delicious! Thanks!

  • antiquebeginnings

    Becky Van Loozen McCarty from Antiquebeginnings said 4 years ago

    This reminds me of Halloweens in my childhood too. We used to dress up in our parents clothes and go trick or treating around our neighborhood. The neighbors all looked after us and some would even invite us inside and offer us cider and have a table which was laid out with goodies. Then we would anxiously be released to the outdoors again to do some more trick or treating. We got to know the neighbors and they got to know us too. It came in handy when we wanted to make money by raking leaves or selling pot holders in the neighborhood too. I love the shared history too of Halloween so that we all understand where it came from and why we celebrate. Becky Antiquebeginnings https://www.etsy.com/people/antiquebeginnings?ref=si_pr

  • oxavecamourxo

    Allyson McDaniel from heartFeltbyA said 4 years ago

    Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Laladesignstudio

    Lala Jewelry from Laladesignstudio said 4 years ago

    You're never too old to dress up! I love the tradition of Halloween!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 4 years ago

    Love these posts about the history of food ! Such a fun read !

  • lovelunashop

    claire williams from LoveLunaShop said 4 years ago

    Lovely post!

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Great article!

  • simsak123

    Carol Willis Simsak from RosePetalCollections said 4 years ago

    What fun to read! Thank you!

  • TanteAnnies

    Tante Annie from TanteAnnies said 4 years ago

    Love this time of year...thanks for the history lesson! Now, where did this mumming come from? hmmm...

  • LCooperDesigns

    LC Cooper from LeMaisonBelle said 4 years ago

    What a fun story!

  • blairwinslow

    Monica Wilson from thecleverlittlefox said 4 years ago

    Halloween is my favorite holiday and I feel so much more knowledgeable now! Thanks!

  • teresafraser111

    T T from TiffaneeTwisted said 4 years ago

    Great history lesson on such a fun time of the year! Thanks!

  • TutusLasVegas

    Tutu Shimaoka from TutusAtticLasVegas said 4 years ago

    Absolutely fascinating about the history of Halloween! I love the fall season from one holiday to the next. We love to decorate our house scary with a graveyard scene, giant spiders, scarecrow stuffed "people' and lots of special effects lights and sounds. Its scary enough, but not too scary to frighten little children who come to our house. Happy Halloween everyone! Boo!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Love this!

  • iwantpizzanow

    Kate from DrawertoDrawer said 4 years ago

    Bring on the candy corn <3_<3 I love Halloween, and it was fun reading about it's origins :)

  • filmpostersdownunder

    Gavin from Filmpostersdownunder said 4 years ago

    hi i spent some time in your great country and found halloween to be great fun loved the pumpkins ..

  • adonisjanvier

    Adonis Janvier from AdonisJanvier said 4 years ago

    These British ppl are no fun: Trick or treating has since spread to parts of the U.K., beginning around the 1980s. Although, this adapted form of guising has met with a lot of resistance in the last few decades since hopping the pond, often seen by the older generations as “yet another unwanted consumerist culture import from the United States.” In fact, even as recently as 2006, according to Norwhich Union Insurance, nearly 58% of homeowners in Britain turn off their house lights and pretend no one is at home on Halloween. One British man went so far as to say about trick or treaters, “I’ve thought about removing the cover from my doorbell so they electrocute themselves.” Read more at http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2012/10/how-the-tradition-of-trick-or-treating-got-started/#TshLUtbfY08l1RJS.99

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    What a great fun!

  • babaluccia1

    Babaluccia-FATTO con AMOre from Babaluccia said 4 years ago

    It 'a beautiful party that is not part of the Italian tradition we begin to celebrate only now but in reality is not ours continue to dream your halloween ...

  • StayArtisan

    J.K. Ramirez from HudsonBlueArtisans said 4 years ago

    Great articles... yummy treats

  • aylarshahbazi

    Su Studio from SuStudio said 4 years ago

    great post thank you..

  • sewinthefaith

    Sewinthefaith from sewinthefaith said 4 years ago

    Very cool post! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • meanjeanarts

    Jean from Meanjeanarts said 4 years ago

    Thank you for the delightful post! Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays. I was a child in the era of home-made popcorn balls and caramel apples, from-scratch cookies and being invited into neighbors' homes where they would try to "guess" who we were. Everyone participated and very few people turned out their lights. When my boys were small, we had to stop making homemade treats in favor of "individually wrapped" items as a response to fears of possible tampering. However, it was still an exciting time, with the dads taking groups of kids around the neighborhood, while the moms stayed home to hand out goodies. I always made homemade doughnuts, cider and hot chocolate (with a little brandy for the adults) for the returning scavengers. The kids had the most fun of the evening doing complicated trades out of their treat bags. Our house rules were the same for my sons as they were for my brother and myself: no store-bought costumes; stay in your own neighborhood. I miss the holiday now, as very few children come around in my area. I've had some years in which there were no trick-or-treaters at all.

  • jorgensenstudio

    jorgensenstudio from jorgensenstudio said 4 years ago

    I adore candy corn, since I was wee tiny, & use to ask for the big 2lb bag in my Christmas stocking. Yum. I'm guessing I got the clearance Halloween candy but I didn't care. It's still one of my favorite things. I always got the candy corn from my kids trick or treat bags - they never liked it & would always save me the pile :)

  • casadeboneca

    casa deboneca from casadeboneca said 4 years ago

    Halloween is my favorite!!!Thanks for the post

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    ♥♥♥ Halloween celebrations are fantastic, i hope i'll get another chance in the future to visit the united states & celebrate Halloween there :) cheers from Europe! ;---)

  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    Jenny from TheLittleRagamuffin said 4 years ago

    Each year I contemplate how to make the handing out of treats on Halloween more of a handmade holiday tradition. Although apples are overflowing from our bushel baskets, handing out caramel apples just won't do these days. I don't blame parents for being skeptical of handmade treats, but it is a shame with how creative Halloween is in its costumes and decorations, that we can't bring some of that creativity to trick-or-treating.

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    Jessi from RedOwlCreative said 4 years ago

    Love this!

  • CoutureForKids

    Anne from CoutureForKids said 4 years ago

    I enjoyed this article and just loved the pictures to go with it. Halloween is my favorite Holiday :)

  • PeachyDesigns

    PeachyDesigns from PeachyDesigns said 4 years ago

    Wonderful article!

  • angelicwatrs17

    Angel Ward from AngelBooks said 4 years ago

    cute read, but is it true? The Celtic tradition included the passing of souls to the other world, hence the original jack-o-lantarn to light the way made with turnips... and no real harm??? I have real stories of my grand father who served in WWII and my great grandfather who served WWI, and they never asked "trick or treat" but the teens were infamous for being dangerous, my grandfather and some kids let a goat loose in a small store and ruined it, and another time they destroyed a small boat a man had been restoring for years along the Mobile Bay... he regrets it now, every one knows that is why they started the trick or treat, but I suppose this is a grander and more appeasing revision of history....

  • jasperkane

    Timothy from JasperKaneDesigns said 4 years ago

    Nice article.

  • DesignerPillowShop

    Samantha from DesignerPillowShop said 4 years ago

    Very informative! I had no clue how Halloween started.

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 4 years ago

    Love this post...There is more to Halloween than most know....

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer said 4 years ago

    This is great! Brings back so many memories of trick-or-treating as a child. Thank you for sharing!

  • 8point8

    8point8 from ThinkEco2 said 4 years ago

    Very sweet article. Thanks for sharing.

  • amylburns

    Amy L Burns from AmyLBurns said 4 years ago

    Fantastic read! I appreciate the historical depth in this piece.

  • TreasuredMemoryLane

    TreasuredMemoryLane from TreasuredMemoryLane said 4 years ago

    Very interesting article. Great vintage Halloween photos. Thanks for sharing.

  • jheglund

    Jason from jheglund said 4 years ago

    Really good article. Thanks for sharing your research. There is a lot to this holiday I never really realized.

  • BoeTech

    BoeTech from BoeTech said 4 years ago

    Great idea making your own candy corn, I may have to try my hand at it just so I can see how it tastes!

  • designerheadboardsho

    Michelle from DesignerHeadboards said 4 years ago

    Great article! I really enjoyed the photos :)

  • KaiyasCloset

    Jessica Meyer from KaiyasRoom said 4 years ago

    Oh I loved the read! Times have changed, it's too bad things can't be so simple again.

  • takeshiokada2

    Takeshi from takOdesignstudio said 4 years ago

    great article - makes me hungry...

  • favormaking

    Dickson Lee from Favormaking said 4 years ago

    Great.

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 4 years ago

    Those black and white pictures are well creepy.

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes from HelloShoes said 3 years ago

    Yum, homemade candy corn. I never even thought about that.

  • lannapants

    Bangkokpants Pants from bangkokpants said 3 years ago

    Wow !! funny

  • misshshop1

    Pebble Ripearls from RIPEARLS said 3 years ago

    Sweet candy, inspiring story, nostalgia pictures. Love it!

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 3 years ago

    I just added the candy corn to my list to make this Halloween. My son is not trick or treating this year because he is getting older, so we are planning a party instead. This recipe would be great for the party.

  • StillVintage

    StillVintage from StillVintage said 3 years ago

    Great vintage costumes

  • edieandglo

    kelly hickey from edieandglo said 3 years ago

    COOL! I want to be a historic gastronomist too!!

  • JewelMeShop

    Georgia from JewelMeShop said 3 years ago

    So fun! Thank you!

  • PetiteCo

    Vanessa from PetiteCo said 3 years ago

    Loved this post! Since I'm not American, I don't celebrate Halloween, although it's well known here and there's plenty of public and private parties. Here, in Portugal, we celebrate the November 1st, All Saints Day. On this day, it's common to visit the cemeteries and to remember the lost ones. In the rural areas, there's still the tradition of asking for "bread" from door to door. The neighbors provide candy and fruit :)

  • bottlebloomers

    Leanne Stock from ArtePlastique said 3 years ago

    I remember too having my mom drop us off in neighborhoods with lots of houses in close proximity. Great memories. I never turn away an "older" trick or treater - all of us are kids at heart!

  • salllman

    Gulabo from Cooldesires4u said 3 years ago

    Wonderful ..!! Thanks for sharing xx

  • snowdogquiltworks

    Brian and Tracy McKearney from SnowDogQuiltWoodwork said 3 years ago

    That was terrific! Happy Halloween!!

  • omasbricabrac

    Oma from omasbricabrac said 3 years ago

    What a treat! Happy Halloween!!

  • annyschoo

    anny schoo from linenclothingbyanny said 3 years ago

    interesting to read! Happy Halloween! :)

  • dilkah1

    Dilani SK from Especially4UHandmade said 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.....Happy Halloween with lot of treats and tricks .

  • Valena2011

    Valena2011 from PeraMantica said 3 years ago

    Great vintag!!!

  • tantawanlights

    Sirikuwan Thipkum from tantawanlights said 3 years ago

    wonderful

  • jmkiser8

    Julia from BellaBlueLace said 3 years ago

    Great story and pictures!!

  • MonsieurCoffee

    TJ Carls from BloomgoDesignStudio said 3 years ago

    What an authentic way to celebrate. Instilling this type of creativity and ethic in our kids is fantastic.

  • mtabscott

    Poppy Mae from ohsopoppy said 3 years ago

    What an interesting topic! Thanks for this treat of a post.

  • WoodsyWools

    ACR from WoodsyWools said 3 years ago

    The good old days! ... Wish it was still that way, great post...

  • ArtisanSoapInVegas

    Cristy Ramos from ArtisanBathandBody said 3 years ago

    I enjoyed this reading so much! Love the pictures! Thank you for this post.

  • santashauntedboot

    Amber Otten from santashauntedboot said 3 years ago

    This post invoked many a Happy Halloween memories. Thank you kindly for adding my Art Deco Witch Tally Card to your Halloween list!

  • vectorvintageshop

    Vector Vintage from vectorvintageshop said 3 years ago

    Love it! Thanks for sharing the childhood memories! I'd try my hand at homemade candy corn, but my sweet tooth has aged and it's no longer as appealing :)

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    ACR from IntoTheBluePaintShop said 3 years ago

    Enjoyed this so much !!

  • rockriverstitches

    Tammy Franck from rockriverstitches said 3 years ago

    Loved this post! Brought back many memories of my sister and I trick or treating.

  • OurBrokenHouse

    OurBrokenHouse from OurBrokenHouse said 3 years ago

    Oh nostalgic!

  • illuminativeharvest

    Jennifer Presler from IlluminativeHarvest said 3 years ago

    Very fun!

  • Kashuen

    Kashuen Collectibles from Kashuen said 3 years ago

    I really like the old photos and the post. Thank you so much.

  • HappyZombieCandles

    Raina and Dusty from TheHappyZombieCandle said 3 years ago

    Sarah, your article has triggered something deep down inside me that I thought was once lost. I Used to Mr. Halloween back in the day but due to loss of a loved one I've surpressed those feelings. After reading your article I have found my spooky side again. I will continue learn and research more about Halloween thanks to you!

  • tresorsenchantes

    Mindy from TresorsEnchantes said 3 years ago

    Loved the article....Halloween has always been my very favorite Holiday!

  • korenkwan

    Koren Kwan from GarasuWonderland said 3 years ago

    Enjoyed reading the post, so interesting!

  • dominna

    Katrina Dzerkale from Dominna said 3 years ago

    Loved the cute pictures

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