Random grave #1

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
  • Trick-or-Treating dates back to the Middle Ages and All Souls' Day, when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread treat and pray for dead relatives in return.

Momstyle says: We bet they ain't lookin' so hot.

  • Trick-or-Treating first became popular in the United States in the 1800s, more children played mischievous pranks than asked for candy. By the 1950s, the focus had switched to good old family fun, with candy giving and children dressed in costumes. Chocolate makes up about three-quarters of a Trick-or-Treater's loot.

Momstyle says: Our entire diets are made up of about three-quarters o' chocolate.

  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

Momstyle says: Too bad they get stuck in that expensive orthodontia now.

  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States. Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for Trick-or-Treaters with Snickers #1.

Momstyle says: Ask your kids which house has the full-size bars. Then put a bag on your head and go!

  • Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday, with Christmas being the first. From the Confectioners Association.

Momstyle says: Well, duh! That's because we don't have to cook or wrap!

  • Did you know that pumpkins are not a vegetable, they're a fruit! Pumpkins, like gourds, and other varieties of squash are all members of the family of fruit that includes cucumbers, gherkins and melons.

Momstyle says: Then slice me another piece of that pumpkin pie so I can get my daily intake of fruit.

  • You can sometimes restore shriveled jack-o-lanterns back to their original condition by soaking them in water overnight. Dehydration is what causes them to shrivel up in the first place.

Momstyle says: If only that worked for our faces.

  • Clip coupons for bags of candy. Watch for the sales at the grocery stores that will double the coupons. This will give you the best bang for your buck.

Momstyle says: We're not touching this one.

  • Always buy your favorite candy. If there is any left over, treat yourself. Unless of course, you are trying to lose weight. In that case buy candy you do not like. This will keep you from sabotaging your diet.

Momstyle says: Leftover candy? Helloooooo?

  • Buy one more bag of candy than you think you will need. This way you will not be left empty handed if you get a larger crowd than usual shows up at your door.

Momstyle says: Hide it and eat it later when no one's looking.

  • Shop wholesale clubs for large bags of candy. The prices are in line with the sale prices of most other stores.

Momstyle says: Be sure to pick up a super-cute pair of jeans or tires while you're there.

  • The day after Halloween, shop for marked down candy for holiday baking. Most stores reduce candy drastically the morning after Trick or Treat. This is a great time to pick up Hershey Kisses wrapped in black and orange foil to make the Hershey Peanut Blossom cookies.

Momstyle says: Again with the leftovers. Seriously.

  • Shop for Halloween decor, party favors and costumes the days after Halloween. Retailers are busy setting up Christmas displays and want to move the merchandise quickly. This way you will be prepared for next year at a fraction of the cost.

Momstyle says: CHRISTMAS?!?!?!?!?!?!??!

  • Here are some guidelines for storing candy. Separate chocolate out and keep it in a cool, dark, dry place. Milk chocolate is good for no more than 8 to 10 months, while dark lasts up to two years.

Momstyle says: Hurry up and eat it so you don't take up valuable shelf space. Eat it in the closet which is perfectly cool and dark!

  • Hard candy will also keep in a cool, dry place for about a year. Store soft candies in a covered dish away from direct heat and light. Enjoy them within six months.

Momstyle says: Six minutes is more like it.