Cambridge, October 2014

halloween

halloween decorations, cambridge (sonya kovacic)

halloween decorations, cambridge (sonya kovacic)

"In Colonial days Hallowe'en was not celebrated much in America. Some English still kept the customs of the old world, such as apple-ducking and snapping, and girls tried the apple-paring charm to reveal their lovers' initials, and the comb-and-mirror test to see their faces. Ballads were sung and ghost-stories told, for the dead were thought to return on Hallowe'en."

-The Book of Hallowe'en by Ruth Edna Kelley (Lynn native).

Today, Halloween is the second most popular holiday in the United States. The National Retail Federation projects Americans will spend $7.4 billion this year on candy, costumes, and decorations. For those curious to know what the most popular chocolate candy was in 2013, here's a list:

1. Reese’s – $509.85 million
2. M&M’s – $500.82 million
3. Snickers  – $456.91 million
4. Hershey’s  – $324.63 million
5. Kit Kat – $306.51 million
6. Twix 4 To Go – $116.13 million
7. 3 Musketeers– $101.27 million
8. Hershey’s Cookies ‘N’ Creme– $100.7 million
9. Milky Way – $93.46 million
10. Almond Joy  – $82.25 million


Check out a photo from October 31, 1963, of John F Kennedy's kids in costume in the Oval Office.