Did you realize that we only have two more days before our Trick or Treat for the National Inclusion Project starts? On Friday, October 30, we can join with all of our friends to donate $10 or more through America’s Giving Challenge. That means that we need to rally all our friends and family to join us in the celebration and work towards another camp for kids.
The custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated with a ninth-century European custom called souling. On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for “soul cakes,” made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors.
In the United States, the favorite Halloween candies among trick-or-treaters are Tootsie Rolls, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Nestle Crunch, Candy Corn, Snickers Bar and Milky Way.
October 30th is Candy Corn Day. Candy corn is one of the most popular Halloween treats. More than 35 million pounds of candy corn will be manufactured this year. That’s equal to some 9 billion pieces of corn, enough to circle the moon 21 times if laid out end-to-end. One serving of candy corn contains 140 calories and no grams of fat. At least we know that Clay Aiken can eat Candy corn without an allergic reaction.
The average American consumes 25 pounds of candy each year. How much of those 25 pounds do you think gets eaten on Halloween?
Maybe our celebration of Trick or Treating is better for the waistline. Let’s forego the candy this year and spend that money for The National Inclusion Project.