According to legend Trick-or-treating came from the the ancient Celtic tradition of placing treats out to appease spirits/ ghosts who roamed the streets during Samhain. A sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic harvest season and the beginning of winter (October 31).
Current cultures have definitely evolved from the days of Samhain festivals. We now pass out candy to children of all ages clad in cute costumes. My boys are teens now and although I no longer have to purchase them costumes they still look forward to receiving more candy than they should eat in a year’s time. We are lucky to live in walking distance of the Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. Every year the seminary hosts a Halloween party for the community. My teen sons, their friends and anyone in the community is welcomed and encouraged to attend. It is a safe and secure place where kids can feel free to be kids again.
Candy makers roll out Halloween versions of our favorite candies:
All MIKE AND IKE® Halloween mixes and others including Original Fruits, Tropical Typhoon®, Berry Blast®, Red Rageous!™ and more, are now made with real fruit juice that enhances the great flavors! Mummy’s Mix contains the great tastes of Lemon, Orange, Grape, Lime and Raspberry while Vampire Variety includes Cherry, Raspberry, Grape, Watermelon and Fruit Punch.
The Halloween flavors are available in several packages including 5 ounce theater boxes of Mummy’s Mix and Vampire Variety. There are also 45 or 72 count variety bags that contain individually wrapped snack size bags of Mummy’s Mix and Vampire Variety. The SRP for the Halloween theater box varieties is from $1.00-$1.39, depending on the retailer and location. The Halloween mixes and all other varieties can be found in supermarkets, mass market retailers and drug stores.
What’s your favorite Halloween candy?
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