The season for tricks and treats...
Trick-or-Treating Fact: The candy-collecting tradition has spread from the United States to Canada, Australia, and Western Europe, where more and more little goblins now trick-or-treat. In parts of England, children carry lanterns called punkies (which look like jack-o’-lanterns) and parade through the town on the last Thursday of October. In Ireland, rural neighborhoods light bonfires, and children play snap apple, in which they try to take a bite from apples that are hung by strings from a tree or a door frame.
Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year in October.
Learning Commons Spook-tacular!
Come celebrate everything spooky, scary, and creepy about the fall season in the EGSC Learning Commons at the end of October at our Learning Commons Spook-tacular! On Wednesday, October 30, come Trick-or-Treat in the Learning Commons and get some free candy in both the ACE and the Library. On Thursday, October 31, join the Learning Commons staff in wearing a spooky costume and be entered into a drawing to win a free EGSC prize pack. Also, check out the Library's "Spooky Books" display and read a scary or creepy book in honor of the season! Come check us out!
Over 10% of annual candy sales happen the days leading up to October 31 — that is nearly $2 billion dollars in sales.
Candy Corn Facts
- Candy corn has been made with the same recipe (sugar, corn syrup, and marshmallow) by the Jelly Belly Candy Company since around 1900.
- Candy Corn is the most searched-for candy term in Google — more popular than candy apples, gummy worms and candy pumpkins.
- Searches for Candy Corn are up 10 percent from October 2010.
Americans purchase over 20 million pounds of candy corn a year.
Witches & Wizards
Vampires, Zombies, and More
Vampire Fact: There really are so-called vampire bats, but they're not from Transylvania. They live in Central and South America and feed on the blood of cattle, horses and birds.