Halloween, the Trick of Treating for 2020, and Top Candy Selections

The History of Halloween Trick-or-Treating
Spooks and goblins, or trick or treating, goes back to the 7th or 8th century BC. The change of season from summer to winter was celebrated by the Celts with the Samhain festival, a pagan worship celebration marking the change in the season from summer to winter. The Celts paid worship to pagan gods by giving thanks and sacrifice. Out of fear of the power of the gods, the worshipers wore disguises and masks to remain unidentifiable hoping to chase away spirits and avoid any trickery the gods might inflict upon them. As it was believed that the souls of the dead roamed the earth during this time of the year, the Celts left food for them hoping to appease them and keep them from haunting the living. In the 8th century AD, All Saint’s Day which was celebrated by Christians was merged with the observance of Samhain to create one holiday. Protestants opposed the holiday believing it was too pagan, while the Irish immigrants to the United States in the 19th century contributed to culture with their enthusiasm for wearing costumes to celebrate. Today Halloween has evolved into a secular tradition filled with costumes, decorations, themes of horror and death, spirits, cute and scary pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and parties for all ages. For the more spiritual, those who attend church recognize Halloween as a “hallowed eve”, or a holy night before the celebration of the remembrance of the dead. All Soul’s Day on November 1, to remember those who have died, and All Saints Day, on November 2 to honor the saints in heaven.

The Halloween holiday has evolved the last century to one of giving treats rather than one of trickery. Observing the practice of giving treats or tricking people started as early as the 1920’s in the United States. Children in disguises went in groups door-to-door asking for a trick or a treat. Tricking a homeowner would mean the group of children would do a prank on the homeowner’s property or rob the homeowner. If the homeowner chose not to be tricked, the children received a treat. The goal was to end the evening having received many treats. By the 1950’s trick-or-treating became an established custom for children to dress up and go door-to-door asking for tricks or treats. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the phrase ‘trick-or-treat’ became official. Today children still go door-to-door in safe neighborhoods, while many local children’s events offer group venues for children to safely go trick-or-treating. The tricks associated with the holiday can now be found at haunted houses and house parties with scary moments and surprises. For the most part, the holiday is one of dressing up in creative costumes and giving treats of candy and simple toy gifts to children. Adults also look forward to dressing up for holiday Halloween parties where they too can celebrate and enjoy food, candy, and spirited drinks.

As you get your costume together for you or your children this Halloween, don’t forget to wear your mask and bring your hand sanitizer! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that standard costume masks may not be thick enough for COVID-19 disease control. It is also advised not to wear a mask under or over a costume mask as it could be too thick for breathing. The trick is taking time to adjust costume masks to comply with COVID-19 precautions to ensure it does not overly restrict breathing. Those planning to hand out candy should consider drive-by, drive-way tables where cars can line up to gather candy from. Outdoor scavenger hunts or other activities which maintain 6 feet of social distancing are also recommended. Don’t be scared! Enjoy gobblin’ candy and Happy Halloween!


Here is a List of Halloween Candy Ideas!
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CHOCOLATE
If you are looking for fun, creative options for Halloween chocolate candy and packaging, take a look at this list. Hershey’s has bulk chocolate candies in a variety of shapes, flavors, and packaging perfect for handing out to trick-or-treaters or to fill a candy bowl at your Halloween party!

Hershey’s Glow in the Dark Halloween Chocolate Candy
Glow in the Dark Snack Size Halloween Chocolate Candy
Assortment 3 Pack
Includes: Kit Kat (9.8 oz), Hershey’s Milk Chocolate (9.45 oz), Reese’s (9.35 oz)

Glow in the Dark Wrapped Variety Mix
150 count assortment pieces
43.28 oz bag of Hershey’s, Kit Kat, and Reese’s

Hershey’s Chocolate Pumpkins, White Chocolate Ghosts, and Chocolate Bats
Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Candy
Chocolate Pumpkins, White Chocolate Ghosts, and Chocolate Bats
10.2 oz each snack candy bags
Includes: 1 White Chocolate Reeses Peanut Butter Ghosts (10.2 oz),
1 Reeses Chocolate Pumpkins (10.2 oz), 1 Reeses Chocolate Bats (10.2 oz)

Hershey’s Kit Kat Decorated Foil Halloween Candy
Kit Kat Halloween Miniatures
Kit Kat Halloween Chocolate Candy, Spooky Miniatures
36 oz bulk candy
36 oz bag of individually wrapped Kit Kat Miniatures
Crispy wafers covered in smooth milk chocolate
Specially wrapped in Halloween-themed ghost, skeleton, and sheriff foils

Hershey’s Miniature Assortment Bulk Bags
Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Miniature Bars
Includes: Dark chocolate
3 lb bag

Hershey’s Miniatures Chocolate Candy Snack Size Assortment
Includes: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, Krackel, and Mr. Goodbar
56 oz bag

Hershey’ Nuggets Halloween Candy, Assorted Chocolate
Includes: Milk chocolate, Milk chocolate with almonds,
Special dark, mildly sweet chocolate with almonds, Extra creamy milk chocolate
with toffee and almonds
31.5 oz bag


CANDY CORN
Candy corn—an all time favorite classic candy of Halloween is available in a variety of flavors. Try seasonal flavors of caramel apple, apple pie, pumpkin pie or select from non-traditional candy corn colors to add color variety to match party themes!

Candy Retailer Caramel Apple Candy Corn
Color: red, white, and brown
Carmel apple flavor
1 lb bag

Zachary Patriotic Candy Corn
Color: red, white, and blue
Raspberry lemonade flavor
1 lb bag

Brach’s Apple Pie & Pumpkin Pie Flavored Halloween/Fall Candy
Color: Orange and white, brown and white
Apple pie and pumpkin flavor mixed bag
5 oz bag

Indian Candy Corn
Color: brown, orange, white
1 lb bag

Candy Retailer Candy Corn
Color: yellow, orange and white
Traditional candy corn
1 lb bag

Autumn Mix Mellocreme Mix Fall Halloween Candy Mix
Mix of traditional candy corn, Indian candy corn and pumpkin candy
1 lb bag


HALLOWEEN MARSHMALLOWS
Marshmallows for Halloween? Send chills up your neighbors’ spines with how creative you are! These snackable flavors of marshmallows are a healthier option than many candy bars and are a unique treat to hand out.

SmashMallow Fun Size Variety Pack
30 Individual Treats
30 individually-wrapped snackable Marshmallows Assorted Flavors
Flavors: Cinnamon Churro, Mint Chocolate Chip, Strawberries & Cream, Cookie Dough
Non-GMO, Organic Cane Sugar
25 calories each


HEALTHY HALLOWEEN TREATS
Show your thoughtfulness and creativeness by offering healthy Halloween treats as an alternative to candy. Pretzels, chips, or other snack options are perfect for those with special dietary needs.

Utz Halloween Shaped Pretzel Treat Barrels
70 count, 35 oz (2 lb 3 oz) individual 0.5 oz bags
Snack-sized individually packaged pretzels shaped as pumpkins and bats

Halloween Garden Veggie Ghost and Bat Chips
40 count, 20 individual 0.75 oz bags
Sea salt, garden veggie chip shapes of ghosts and bats
Made with garden-grown potatoes and vegetables
Non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, no artificial flavors, colors or additives



HEALTHY TREATS
More Halloween Snack Options
Fruit snacks, rice crisps, organic lollipops and gummi bears, crackers, and healthy food bars
Dairy-free, organic, and non-GMO options

Welch’s Fruit Snacks, Berries ‘n Cherries
40 count, 0.9 oz bags
Gluten free

YumEarth Gluten Free Gummy Bears, Assorted Flavors
43 pack, 0.7 oz bags
Allergy friendly, non-GMO, no artificial flavors, organic ingredients

Quaker Popped Gluten Free Rice Crisps Variety Packs
30 count, 0.67 oz bags
Gluten free, Made with corn and whole grain brown rice
Flavors: Sweet BBQ, Cheddar, Buttermilk Ranch

YumEarth Organic Lollipops, Variety Pack
50 lollipops, 10.9 oz
Organic, allergy friendly, non-GMO, gluten Free, vegan
Flavors: Pomegranate Pucker, Wet-Face Watermelon, Strawberry Smash, Googly Grape,
Very Very Cherry, Perfectly Peach, Razzmatazz Berry, Mango Tango

Black Forest Organic Gummy Bears Candy
65 count, 0.8 oz bag
Organic, gluten-free, fat-free

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Classic Mix Crackers
30 count bags
Flavors: Goldfish Colors, Goldfish Cheddar, Goldfish Pretzel
10 single-serving packs of Goldfish Colors (0.9 oz bag),
12 packs of Goldfish Cheddar (1 oz bags) and 8 packs of Goldfish Pretzel (1 oz bags)

Annie’s Organic Halloween Bunny Grahams
22 count, 0.4 oz individual bags
Orange and brown Halloween bunny grahams
Organic wheat flour, non-GMO,
No artificial flavors, synthetic colors or synthetic preservatives,
No high-fructose corn syrup

CraveBox Healthy Care Package
30 count
Natural Food Bars Nuts Fruit Health Nutritious Snacks
Variety Gift Box Pack Assortment Basket Bundle Mix Sampler
Sweet and savory selections of nuts, fruit chews, bars, popcorn, veggie chips


Interested in reading more about Halloween Trick-or-Treating?
Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween [Hardcover] 
by Lisa Morton

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Personality of Coronavirus

I am surprised at how compliant everyone has been with wearing a mask. It is mandatory within stores and public buildings, but it is just as common to see people wearing masks outside exercising. In Texas, even with the heat in the 100’s, people are continuing to wear masks outdoors, sweating from fear of the Coronavirus.

I think it would be interesting to do a psychological study of people based on how much they are masking themselves. As concern for the Coronavirus has continued, I’ve noticed people covering up their faces more and more. In retail environments where there have been the most people, I have seen people so covered up you cannot even see their face! How can the police even identify a thief anymore? Women are seen wearing large sunglasses and masks so that only their foreheads are left uncovered. Men wear bandanas that cover up the entire bottom half of their face below their eyes. Whereas in most cases it is difficult to implement any kind of policy, somehow wearing a mask is not even questioned. There are very few people who argue with it. How many of these are wearing a mask for prevention reasons and how many are wearing it because of psychological needs for safety, security, love, and belonging?

I have seen people who have their entire face covered. Is this a sign of care and security that the person is trying to create for themselves? Does the amount of coverage of the face signify fulfilling a need of self-love and way of conquering pain in their life, like trying to swaddle themselves in a baby blanket? Or maybe it is coverage from the fear of contracting the virus built up from all the hype and coverage of media, rather than the virus itself.

Perhaps for some, it is a way to physically look better or a means to lose weight. Sweating under a mask burns off calories on an entirely different area of the body than is typical. Similarly, with weight loss, how is it that a person can breathe who is exercising with their mouth and nose covered? I had a gym membership and it was manageable to walk on a treadmill at a slow speed with a mask on. However, any faster cardio activity was nearly impossible as the mask restrained breathing and caused my face to become really hot. Do people who workout intensely masked think it will strengthen their lungs by restraining their air? For those who are self-conscious about the bottom half of their face, it provides a chance to keep it hidden, but for most of us, we need a full supply of air. Likewise, it is a mystery to me how cyclists are able to ride their bikes completely masked. Yet many of them are cycling miles around the lake at the same speed as normal. How many of the walkers and runners with dogs on a leash do not care that the Coronavirus can be contracted to their pet? Where are the pet masks? Wouldn’t it make more sense if both pet and owner wore a mask or didn’t?

Living in a self-expressive era, people are eager to express themselves and show their personality and style. For those who care to express themselves by mask, wearing a unique mask is a way to do this. The number of styles I have seen have ranged from glitter and bling, to exaggerated mouths on the mask, patriotic versions, cartoons, and plenty of different colors and patterns. Those who love to sew, were quick to see the Coronavirus as an opportunity to show their skills. Handmade masks were made and distributed to friends and family members. Many still wear the basic disposable, blue and white mask. Bandanas also have been a quick makeshift for a mask, easily made by folding a bandana into thirds and popping hair bands on each end.

Very few people are actually practicing social distancing with 6 feet of space, but wearing a mask is followed by nearly the entire population and has become a trend. Has self-expression and the trend for fashion tied in with keywords like “social distancing” created a fad to drive compliancy?

Health and self-expression are always going to be top-sellers when it comes to the general public. Having an ailment or a special condition, makes you a commodity. We see this with parents and their children. “My child has ADHD”, or whatever other symptom, suddenly makes the child “special” and the parents have a topic to talk about. Topics revolve around the problem with their child, rather than emphasizing what the child excels in. This is a way parents can converse with one another encountering less feeling of inadequacy. Empathy can be found with a health issue, whereas bragging on talent might create adversity with another parent. The same type of approach applies to adult-to-adult conversation. Adults would rather discuss their woes rather than talk about what is uplifting. How many older people talk about their pains, medications and doctors visits when it would be more pleasant to hear about their life experiences. It creates a concern for self, which results in compassion from the other person. With the Coronavirus everyone gets a special band-aid pasted on their face.

It is understandable that vulnerable populations such as the elderly might have a greater fear of catching the Coronavirus. One would think that children would be of a higher concern as well. In retail store environments, I have heard mothers question why their children must wear a mask or if an exception can be made. Events and kids meals might make exceptions for kids, but with smaller lungs and little bodies, it would seem obvious they would fall into the high concern bracket. Psychologically is it that the parent feels neglected of care and must nurture themselves by wearing a mask while giving the child the benefit of freedom? The parent positions him or herself as the one who needs care above the child, when it should be both.

With the rich and famous, masking opens up more opportunities to be in public and not be identified. For those aspiring to be rich and famous, they too can dress differently and go around town in mask for a different experience. It is a chance for the affluent to be fashionable and show their sense of fashion by affording specialized masks to coordinate with their outfits. An article was posted about the Queen of England who wears a mask that matches her daily wardrobe of brightly colored suits. I also saw a young woman in downtown Dallas who had a mask made of the exact material of her outfit.  

While some cultures such as Islam require head coverings, covering the face is new for most Western cultures. Will this develop a greater appreciation for our mouths? An uncovered mouth is needed for sound and volume. Many hard of hearing must be affected by not being able to hear people who have mouth coverings on. It may create a new vision for how we see people, noticing the person rather than the external qualities. The mouth is also used for reading facial expressions. A person can take a vacation from smiling and no one will even know. I’ve even seen people stick their tongue out at me from behind their mask. And as for revenue from foundation makeup and lipstick, I would imagine sales are down. Personally, I prefer to be mask-free as much as possible, but follow policies where wearing a mask is required.

Wearing a mask is the perfect prelude to a reformation of etiquette in our culture. After being in timeout with the Coronavirus, with shelter in place, we were able to have a greater appreciation for our freedom and ability to interact with one another. Covering the mouth and nose, can visually signify halting gossip and nosiness, which is also indicative of rudeness. When restrictions were lifted for public shopping, it was a renewed experience of respectfulness of distance and the exclusiveness of having space while shopping. People were obedient to this and cautious of infecting others by following social distancing procedures. Now that most places have opened up, there seems to be not much difference as everyday life returns to normal. When we take our masks off, we will see other people’s faces again. What it would be like to remove the band-aids over our mouths and noses yielding a healed and healthy society of people. Furthermore, what if being mask-free meant a world culture safe from the Coronavirus, and one with a greater respectfulness for each other in our interactions and speech.  

Note: It is noted that the Coronavirus is real and has caused many deaths worldwide. This article is written from another perspective hoping to present other points such as how well marketed the Coronavirus has been with precautions followed seamlessly by the majority of the population because of the scare. A lack of respectfulness in today’s culture is equally contagious and deadly, which is a natural segue to this current worldwide concern.


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