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.
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 Spooktacular! On Thursday, October 30, come Trick-or-Treat in the Learning Commons and get some free candy in both the ACE (including Statesboro and Augusta) and the Library. On Friday, 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.
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.