Most communities in central Ohio celebrate trick-or-treat tonight. As you get your little ghosts and goblins ready to go out, here are a few fun facts about this festive holiday.

* Trick-or-treating dates back to the Middle Ages and All Souls' Day,
when poor people in Britain would beg for soul cakes, a sweet-bread
treat, and pray for dead relatives in return.

* Trick-or-treating first became popular in the United States in the
1800s, though more children played mischievous pranks than asked for
candy. By the 1950s, the focus had switched to good old family fun,
with candy giving and children dressed in costumes.

* Chocolate makes up about three-fourths of trick-or-treaters' loot,
according to the National Confectioners Association.

* Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.

* Halloween candy sales average about $2 billion annually in
the United States. Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular
candy for trick-or-treaters, with Snickers in first place.

* Halloween is the second-most commercially successful holiday,
with Christmas being the first.

* Did you know that pumpkins are not a vegetable? They are a
fruit. Pumpkins, like gourds and other varieties of squash, are all
members of the family of fruit that includes cucumbers, gherkins and melons.

For now happy shopping!

Laurie Dixon, TheBAG Lady