We at Menlo Commercial Real Estate like a delicious Snickers candy bar, especially on Halloween, as much as anyone else. But, do you know what makes that chocolate, caramel, nougat, and peanut creation even more delicious this time of year? When we sneak a Fun Size bar of our favorite goodie from our kids’ annual Halloween stash! C’mon, you know it tastes better that way, right?

Although most of us hate to admit it, sneaking a Snickers from trick-or-treat bags is something that many of us do. In fact, it has been noted that about 90% of adults like to help themselves to a little something from our kid’s Halloween haul. Not really sure how that statistic was derived…we didn’t fess up…until now, that is!

Here are some other Fun Halloween Facts:

  1. With origins dating back to the early Celts, trick-or-treating in the U.S. is said to have started in the 1930s because young people were getting into too much mischief on All Hallow’s Eve. Parents urged school boards to “do something” to deter kids from vandalism and pranks. The idea to go door-to-door to ask for candy was born. A brief halt to this celebration occurred during World War II due to sugar rationing. By the 1950s and 1960s, trick-or-treating was back in full swing. And, to the delight of U.S. candy makers, the tradition has been going strong ever since.
  2. Speaking of trick-or-treating, the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign began in 1955 when a Sunday School class had the idea to collect money for needy children when they went out on Halloween night. They ended up with $17 which they forwarded to UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund). This act of kindness inspired UNICEF to start the program.
  3. Jack o’ Lanterns were originally carved out of beets and turnips.
  4. The fastest time to carve a pumpkin–complete with face, eyes, nose, ears and mouth–is 16.47 seconds. This incredible feat was achieved last Halloween by Stephen Clarke on PIX11 Morning News in New York City.   Wonder if he will beat that time this year?
  5. The hit song, “Monster Mash” reached #1 on the Billboard charts in 1962. It returned to the popular music scene again in 1972 and 1973.
  6. Grower John Hawkley grew the biggest gourd at the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, CA, on October 13, 2014. Hawkley’s pumpkin weighed 2,058 lbs, setting a new North American record.
  7. Topping Yahoo’s list of most popular costumes are Minnie Mouse, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and anything from Disney’s hit, Frozen.
  8. Chocolate treats make up 3/4s of the bounty kids bring home from trick-or-treating. (Oh, wow…we just can’t get enough of that chocolate here at Menlo Commercial Real Estate!).

You know, now that we’re thinking about Halloween and all the yummy treats our kids will be bringing home tonight (for us, of course!), here are a few other tidbits about candy:

  • There are 25 colors of M&Ms
  • It takes roughly 252 licks to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop (and they said the world may never know!)
  • Shoppers buy approximately 90 million pounds of candy during the week of Halloween. No wonder it’s the second largest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas!

From all of us at Menlo Commercial Real Estate, have a safe and Happy Halloween. And, please, save us a Snickers!