Trick-or- Treat: How Much Do You Know About Halloween?

Break out those cobwebs and pour the cider, Halloween is back again to frightfully delight people everywhere. This hauntingly fun night consists of costumes, candy, pumpkins and ghosts, but do you know how it all started? Here is a game of Trick-or- Treat (similar to true or false) to get you in the Halloween spirit and see how much you know about this spell-binding holiday!

The celebration of Halloween was brought to the U.S. by immigrants from Russia.
Trick! Halloween came to the U.S. with the first large wave of immigrants from Ireland, England, and Scotland. In these countries it was common for kids to dress up on All Hallow’s Eve and beg for food, money, or other items. When people refused to give them any treats, the kids would play tricks such as drawing with chalk on their doors.

Halloween became what it is today in the 50s and 60s.
Treat! Halloween became the ritual that it is today in the 50s and 60s because families started living in newly-built suburban neighborhoods—perfect for trick-or- treating! This is when it became an annual family activity to have a neighborhood-wide celebration complete with candy, costumes, and Halloween parties!

The first bags of Community® coffee were orange and black.
Treat! Some of Community Coffee’s first coffee bags donned Halloween’s most iconic colors. The vibrant red that people know today was not made the primary package color until much later!

The ancient festivals of Halloween involved leaving out nuts and other treats which attracted spiders and bats—popular creatures depicted in Halloween decorations today!
Trick! Ancient Halloween festivals focused on protecting and stockpiling crops rather than on treats and candy. They believed that October 31 was the day the boundaries between the living and the dead overlapped, causing sickness or damaged crops. Festival-goers would light a bonfire, which is what attracted bats, spiders, and various insects.

A cup of coffee has the same amount of calories as a candy bar.

Trick! Thankfully we can indulge in coffee all we want knowing a plain cup of joe only has about 2 calories along with a list of other health benefits. The average name brand candy bar can have between 200 and 500 calories. Moderation is definitely key when it comes to candy…but Halloween is always an exception!

Jack-o- lanterns are named after folklore about Stingy Jack.
Treat! Jack-o- lantern literally means “man with a lantern.” The story is about a boy named Jack who was forced to roam the earth forever after playing tricks on an evil spirit. The evil spirit sent Jack off into the woods with only a burning coal in a carved-out turnip to light his way. The Irish began to refer to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the Lantern.” Now, pumpkins are carved with a candle inside to create the lantern effect and placed in front of people’s house for decoration.