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Candy treats for Halloween!

It's hard to believe, but Halloween wasn't always the candy overload it is today! This is mostly due to the fact that trick-or-treating for Halloween candy is a pretty recent American invention. The tradition of donning costumes and going door-to-door asking for treats appeared for the first time in different locations throughout the country in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It wasn't until the late 1940s that trick-or-treating became widespread on a national scale, and even then, fall candy wasn't the most popular treat. Kids trick-or-treating in the 40s and 50s received all sorts of treats - coins, nuts, fruit, cookies, cakes, and toys. It wasn't until the mid-1950s that candy manufacturers realized what a great Halloween treat candy would make. By the 1970s, candy for Halloween was the deemed the preferred treat. Today, an average jack-o-lantern bucket carries about 250 pieces of candy amounting about 9,000 calories and about three pounds of sugar!

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