Halloween is a time-honored tradition full of treats and tricks. We asked you, our A Place for Mom readers, to share your favorite candy and costumes with us to see how the the holiday has evolved over time into what it is today.
Take a walk back through time with our readers and learn more about Halloween candy, costumes, memories and traditions:
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In the late 1940s and early 1950s, ringing a doorbell with a costume was not always met with candy. In fact, many times, coins, fruit, nuts and toys were just as likely to be given.
It wasn’t until the 1950s that candy manufacturers began to promote their candies as Halloween candy, and not until the 1970s when candy was viewed as the only acceptable item to hand out.
There’s no question that today, when it comes to Halloween, candy is king. The Huffington Post gathered fun facts about Halloween candy, showing its prominent place in American culture.
We asked our A Place for Mom readers to share what their favorite Halloween candy to eat as a child was and found their responses matched the national survey – Candy Corn was the most beloved national candy with other chocolate candies like Kisses, Reese’s and Snickers coming in second, followed by popcorn balls.
Readers also added some of their favorite non-candy treats and shared their memories with us:
Halloween costumes have evolved over time, but one thing has remained the same; nothing is off limits.
Costumes have always included many characters – from children’s cartoons, to political figures, to zombies; but Google Trends reports that this year’s 10 most popular costumes include:
We decided to ask our own readers to share their favorite costumes and learned that some things just never go out of style. When asked what readers dressed up as for Halloween as a kid, the top three responses were a gypsy, hobo and witch.
Readers relived some of their favorite costumes and memories, saying:
Did we miss your favorite candy or costume? Share your favorite Halloween memories with us in the comments below.