The Magic of Halloween Candy

Way back in the ’50s, treat-or-treating on Halloween was a lot of fun. There was the costume part (usually made by the moms), the being-outside-in-the-dark-and-spooky-night part, and best of all: the candy part.

Although some nice ladies baked cookies or made popcorn balls that were deliciously salty, sweet and sticky, what we all wanted was the good stuff—candy. The worst thing anyone could give us was apples. Apples we could get at home anytime. We were kids; we wanted candy and lots of it.

The following candies were considered solid gold on Halloween:

  • Peanut butter cups
  • M&Ms
  • Bit o’ Honey bars
  • Taffy
  • Necco Wafers
  • Peanut butter kisses (aka Mary Janes)
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Licorice
  • Gum drops
  • Hershey bars
  • Lolly pops (especially Tootsie pops)

In those days, kids roamed their own neighborhoods. It was considered downright greedy to knock on the doors of people we didn’t know; it just wasn’t done. Also, unless you were a little kid, parents generally stayed home.

It never occured to me to hide the candy I really liked before I got home. Mom would have me dump out all my loot into her biggest wooden salad bowl. She would then pick out what she wanted (at the time, she loved candy, too), let me have a few candies, and then put the bowl way up on top of the refrigerator where I couldn’t get to it.

All through out the week, I was allowed to fish around in the bowl for some candy once a day. It was never enough, and I remember thinking ‘geez, I was the one who walked all over town for my candy, not you!’ But of course I never said that.

These days, the kids walk around the neighborhoods with their parents in broad daylight. I’m sure that the kids enjoy it every bit as much as I did when I was their age, but they will never know the thrill of walking around in the dark with friends, rattling their bags of candy.

And believe me; nothing tasted better than Halloween candy on a dark and spooky night.


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