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Halloween's Ghoulish Goodness

Updated on November 17, 2015

Every year when the end of October rolls around, little children start getting very excited. This special time of the year brings us all Halloween, and with this ghoulish day comes the prospect of lots and lots of tasty candy and goodies for all of the little ones. Everyone knows well in advance when this time of year gets close, and there's no excuse for anyone not being prepared for all of the droves of trick or treaters. The warning signs are everywhere you look. To the dismay of many, stores start rolling out all of the Halloween costumes, candy, and decorations months in advance to this holiday when the weather is still hot and sticky.

Bite size candy bars - every child's favorite
Bite size candy bars - every child's favorite
Individually wrapped chewing gum
Individually wrapped chewing gum

On the eve of every Halloween excited little children start preparing and getting their costumes ready for the great candy give away. Little kids are dressed from ghost and ghouls to super heroes and Sponge Bob Square Pants. Each of them prepares for battle in just about every costume imaginable to the mind. Carrying and armed with their plastic colored pumpkins and over sized sacks, they go from door to door making their candy stash bigger and bigger with each and every stop.

Over the years what I've even found more interesting than all of those cute costumes that all of the children are wearing, is the mass variety of the different types of Halloween candy. When all of those plastic colored pumpkins and sacks are dumped out onto the kitchen table for inspection, a rainbow of colors suddenly appears from all of the different colored candy wrappers.

Candy corn
Candy corn
Tootsie rolls
Tootsie rolls

After seeing all of this tasty Halloween candy it dawned on me that some of these candies won't be available and seen again for another entire year. Tasty treats like candy corn, smarties, circus peanuts, and those little pumpkin shaped marshmallow peeps will disappear until next Halloween comes around again. You also won't be seeing many of those little candy cigarettes, 3 packs of sweet tarts or bite sized candy bars which are every child's favorite. Those small packages of M&M's, bottle caps, and individually wrapped candy pieces of caramel creams, tootsie rolls, and chewing gum won't be back for another year either.

Little pumpkin shaped marshmallow peeps
Little pumpkin shaped marshmallow peeps

It's probably just as well that Halloween candy is seasonal, because it might take an entire year to completely get over all of those sugar rushes and dentist visits that your children will have. You might just want to wait before you start stocking up on Halloween candy, because right around the corner those peppermint Christmas canes will be here. After that holiday there will be Valentine's day hearts, chocolate Easter bunnies, and then soon after that comes the Summer time beach treats of salt water taffy and freezer pops.

Circus peanuts
Circus peanuts

These special times of the year were most likely all strategically positioned and planned throughout the calendar year, so that your taste buds would never ever get bored and tired. Just food for thought. Important reminder: "Please take a moment and always inspect your children's candy after they are finished trick or treating!"

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      Luzzita 2 years ago

      Really? Many of these women still look really good in their \ young\ piucrets, and most of the ones who don\'t look good look that way because very few people would apply the label \ sexy\ to an 8 year-old.

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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      I like this article. Try not to eat too many of those precious sweets because you may make the dentist happy.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Well done, your hub was a sweet treat for the eyes, enjoyed reading it !

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      I don't know about across the 'Pond' but over here the age-range of kids doing the rounds seems to be going down. We get them aged eight or less here.

      You seem to have small 'Kit-Kat' bars over there that are only seasonally available. We have Kit-Kat Chunky bars as well as two-finger and four-finger bars ('Have a break, have a Kit-Kat!').

      We also have dental hygiene problems here, with sugar- and salt-centric snacks being widely available. Whatever other industries are not doing well here, the confectionary market exports everywhere and much made overseas under license. You seem to have quite a lot over there that we have, but then again Mars is EVERYWHERE!

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      Jobb Gosamo 5 years ago from Philippines

      I love Halloween. Always, it forces the young boy out of me, and though the visit lasts only for a day the experience will see me through another year. Thanks for this great post.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Very good, hub! I already have the tootsie rolls (or should I say had?!) but had to hide the mini chocalate bars! Thank you for this!

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm feeling a bit homesick now. They don't have circus peanuts or candy corn here in the UK. We make do with various chocolates and sweets, but it's just not the same. 'Bit-O-Honey'; now there's a blast from the past.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Ahhhhh - a wonderful sweet reminiscent trip! I remember the waxed lips, the rolls of candy dots and my favorite "Bit-O-Honey".

      I so enjoyed this wonderful journey,

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      34th Bomb Group 5 years ago from Western New York State

      Nice job - I enjoyed this!