Nothing says Halloween is just around the corner more than a bowl full of candy corn. Today we celebrate the multicolored candy that resembles a corn kernel. Made of sugar, corn syrup and coloring, candy corn was invented in the 1880s by George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company in Pennsylvania.

Candy Corn was mass-produced under the name Chicken Feed by the Goelitz Confectionery Company during the early 1900s. The candy was sold in boxes that had a picture of a rooster on it and marketed under the tagline, “Something worth crowing for”.

While the white, orange and yellow version of the candy is popular around Halloween, the triangular candy can be found in different colors, around other seasonal holidays. Some include – pastel colored Bunny Corn sold at Easter; white and pink candy called Cupid Corn available during Valentine’s Day; and red, white and green Reindeer Corn sold at Christmas time.

One of the clubs at Galt High School has placed several sealed jars of the Halloween version of the candy corn around campus. Students and staff are to guess the amount of candy corn in the individual jar, and then tomorrow whoever guesses the correct amount gets that jar of candy as the prize. There is a jar sitting on the library counter with over 40 guesses, including my guess of 293. If I win, I will share it all. About five pieces of candy corn is about all I can handle. I will let you know next week how close I came.

Speaking of Galt High, the Dairy Bowl is this Friday. The Galt High Warriors will be hosting the Liberty Ranch Hawks in Warrior Stadium. Action starts at 5:15 p.m. with junior varsity teams; the varsity game starts around 7:15 p.m. With this pleasant fall weather, it promises to be a good evening. The band will be there to rock the house, and memories will be made. Show your school spirit and sport your vintage letterman sweaters and jackets or other Warrior or Hawk wear. Go early to get a good seat and bring a blanket to ward off the chill when the sun goes down.

Hope you all have had a chance to drive around and see some of your neighbors decorating skills. Although gas is a bit expensive, driving around the neighborhoods checking out the decorations is still an inexpensive way to spend an evening.

Some of these homes are amazing, with skeletons, ghouls, coffins that actually open up, inflatables of dragons, pumpkins, sorcerers, cats, etc., and lots and lots of lights and webs – one with huge 12-foot spider.

I’m still not a fan of Halloween, but I love seeing people’s creativity. I am really looking forward to seeing if these same homes go all out decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I did see an inflatable 10-foot by 10-foot turkey a few years back, and some homes with cornstalks, and scarecrows. A lot less decorating and more eating for Thanksgiving, I’m thinking. But Christmas decorations, I am really looking forward to them. The colorful lights, the different villages, the nativity scenes, the trees that blink in time with music, it all warms my heart that people would put so much effort into decorating so the rest of us can enjoy the memory.

By the way, only 56 shopping days left until Christmas. That is less than two months. Did you feel the earth move? That wasn’t an earthquake – it was people going shopping, trying to beat the rush. I believe some stores have already started their layaway programs. Layaway is such a good deal. Paying a portion every week or so takes the sting out of paying the total amount all at once. I’m only 10 percent, if that, done shopping. Just some items that I know for stocking stuffers and buy before I forget. My family will be making Christmas lists on Thanksgiving, and then the real shopping begins.

Dates to remember:

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Blood Drive at GHS Warrior Gym

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Halloween

Friday, Nov. 1 – Dairy Bowl at Warrior Stadium

Sunday, Nov. 3 – Daylight Savings Time ends! Turn the clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, and you get one hour of extra sleep Sunday morning. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

Tuesday, Nov. 5 – Herald 4-H meeting at Arcohe School

Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Herald Community Club meeting, Hendrickson Training Center

Monday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous, make a memory.