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Halloween & Fall Candy

Halloween Gift CardsAll of our Halloween and Fall candy gifts are available with a free, hand-written gift enclosure card similar to the ones you see at a florist. Enter your message during checkout. And yes, they are really hand-written by one of our candy ladies.

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Halloween History

Halloween is observed annually on the last day of October. It's a holiday that celebrates frightening fantasies and scary stories featuring ghosts, witches, monsters, and all things that go bump in the night. It is one of the most interesting holidays of the entire year.

Halloween CandyHalloween has its origins in the Catholic Church. The word comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1st, "All Hollows Day" also called "All Saints Day," is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints.

In the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. The holiday was called Samhain (sow-en), the Celtic New year. The disembodied spirits of all those who had died throughout the year would return in search of living bodies to possess for the next year. It was believed to be their only hope for the afterlife. The Celts also believed that all laws of space and time were suspended during this time which allowing the spirit world to intermingle with the living.

The “Trick or treat” tradition is innocent fun on the Halloween Day. It comes from the Catholic tradition of eating and giving soul cakes (small round cakes) on Halloween. The Jack-o-lantern comes from Irish folklore. Wearing costumes comes from the days when Celtic villagers would dress up in ghoulish costumes and paraded around noisily, being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess.