Mae's Real Stories

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Monday, October 23, 2006


Candy and other treats

When we were kids, the most exciting treat to get on Halloween night was a nickel Hershey bar. (That size costs a lot more today: around 50ยข.) I liked the ones with almonds best, but I also liked semi-sweet and milk chocolate Hershey bars. Most of the candy we got was a lot smaller than a nickel candy bar.

We liked all the little versions of candy bars like Baby Ruth, Butterfinger, Snickers, Nestle Crunch, Kit Kat, Milky Way, Mars, Mounds, Almond Joy, 3 Musketeers, Mr.Goodbar, or small M&Ms packs. Next best were single wrapped candies like a caramel, a sour ball, or Hershey kisses. I have never liked Necco or Jolly Ranchers, but some people always give those out too. When I was little, some neighbors made popcorn balls to give the trick-or-treaters. We also got a few plain apples, carmel apples, or pennies. If something wasn't wrapped, and we didn't know who made it, we threw it away.

A special candy just for Halloween has always been candy corn. Sometimes it's made in other shapes, but still in orange, yelllow, white, and sometimes black colors. I find it sort of tasteless.

Photo by Jennifer Scott on

Around our house, hundreds of kids come from all over to trick or treat if we have good weather on Halloween night. The houses on our block are close together, and the streets are well-lit. Since lots of kids are outside, mostly in groups, everyone is laughing and having a lot of fun; most neighbors give candy to all the kids. I plan to buy a lot of candy for Halloween next week. I still love all of it -- so I can't buy it too early or I'll eat too much myself!

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