Food - Drink
Before Candy, This Is What Americans Ate On Halloween
By AUTUMN SWIERS
When October rolls around, food lovers in the U.S. start thinking about pumpkin spice, spooky ice cream flavors, and of course, Halloween candy. There’s no doubt that Americans love Halloween, and though some other countries find trick-or-treating and other traditions a bit unusual, this fall holiday used to be even stranger.
Time Magazine reports that Americans didn't get in on Halloween festivities until the 20th century, and decades would pass before the holiday became associated with candy. Historian Susan Benjamin says that the hot-ticket item on Halloween used to be fruit, the kind of thing that today's kids loathe to find in their buckets and pillow cases.
Benjamin explains that "delicious grapes, and all sorts of succulent oranges" were the usual Halloween party treats, and bobbing for apples wasn't just a game, but a way to get your fruit fix. Candy only joined the fray starting in the 1920's and 1930's, and finally became a Halloween staple in 1950, after sugar rationing for WWII ended.