The Delicious History of Halloween and Candy

A much loved holiday for children and adults alike, Halloween provides the unique opportunity to enjoy candy and other sweets while dressed as anyone or anything you can imagine. Chocolate molded in the likeness of jack-o-lanterns and ghosts, candy is one of our favorite parts of the festivities. From milk chocolate ghosts to caramel apples and pumpkin fudge, there are so many tasty treats to try! But did you know that candy wasn’t always a part of the Halloween celebrations?

A harvest tradition that goes back centuries in Ireland, England and Scotland, Halloween was originally called All Hallows’ Eve. A night when the boundaries between the living and the dead overlapped, masks and costumes were worn as concealment from dark spirits. Halloween wasn’t introduced to the United States until the early 1900s as immigrants from Europe brought the October traditions with them. The one night when pranks and “tricks” were generally accepted, boys enjoyed the opportunity to dress in spooky costumes and cause trouble.

Trick-or-treating gained popularity throughout the 1940s, as children traveled from door to door, visiting with neighbors and collecting candy apples, popcorn balls, fruits, cookies and more. The 1950s signaled the beginning of the candy years, rounding out the Halloween traditions we love and follow today.

Whether you are taking the kids trick or treating or hosting a spooktacular party, we at Hilliards Chocolates hope you have a safe and happy Halloween! Visit us online to order some of our Halloween favorites or stop in to one of our three Massachusetts locations to pick up some spooky treats for the whole family!