Halloween is full of lore but not all the tales are spooky. If Halloween is your favorite holiday then you’ll love these fun facts that are sure to impress your PT clinic staff and patients.
1) Candy Corn was Originally Called “Chicken Feed”
Created in the 1880s by George Renninger, now known as Jelly Belly, candy corn was originally called chicken feed. Why? well because corn is used to feed chickens the brand decided “chicken feed” would be the best name. The box was adorned with a colorful rooster.
2) Irish Immigrants Brought the Tradition of Halloween
Halloween seems as American as pie but did you know that thanks to the great potato famine we now have Halloween? That’s right! the Irish immigrants who came here in the mid-1800s fled Ireland and brought the Halloween traditions with them.
3) Jack-O-Laterns are Inspired by an Irish Legend
The name jack-o-lantern comes from an Irish legend about a man named Stingy Jack. Stingy Jack fooled the devil and in turn, was forced to walk the earth with only a hollowed-out turnip and candle to light his way.
4) Candy Wasn’t Given Out to Kids Until the 1950s
Pre-1950 candy, fruit, coins, cakes, and other tasty treats were common for trick or treaters. it wasn’t until 1950 when candy makers decided to advertise their candy as a Halloween treat that they became a staple in American Halloween traditions!
5) Skittles Are America’s Favorite Trick-or-Treat Candy
According to candystore.com, Skittles were America’s top choice for candy in 2020. What’s your favorite type of candy?