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Which epic Cecil B. DeMille film opened in 1956 and starred Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner?


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It's Halloween and trick-or-treat time. In the September/October issue of Good Old Days magazine, we traditionally feature a story or two about Halloween high jinks, fright-night frivolities and the seeking of sweets. It seems this particular holiday brings back universal memories that make us both laugh out loud and yearn for our favorite candy from yesteryear!

In the current issue, Lewis Kocher shares a story, A Tuneful Treat, about his preferred candy -- the signal to him that it was officially Halloween season because it was now stocked on the grocery store shelves -- the Wowee Wax Whistle. It "reigned supreme as king" of all the retro Halloween candies in his mind, and he went to great lengths to acquire it.

For me, there was nothing better in my trick-or-treat bag than a Nestle Crunch Bar. I craved them, but we rarely had them at home. Halloween was my chance to stock up for the year. In fact, if I discovered a neighbor giving them out I would return there later in the evening to beg for another one. And when the night was over and my siblings and I emptied our stashes on the living room floor to analyze our haul, I would negotiate trades for all their Nestle Crunches: Two popcorn balls for one bar of crispy milk chocolate? No problem. All my Bit-O-Honey for my favorite indulgence? Here you go. Milk Duds? Pixy Stix? BB Bats? They are all yours. Just hand over the Nestle Crunch. I squirreled away my treasure to my top dresser drawer and to the back of our upright freezer, on the right, behind the bags of sweet corn my mom had preserved. I was set with my beloved treats until next year, when it was time to beg for a new free supply.

Nowadays I avoid the candy aisle altogether, especially this time of year when it's so plentiful and tempting. But my mom, ever-mindful of my past obsession, never fails to bring up my youthful Nestle Crunch trick-or-treat scramble. And it always makes me laugh out loud and yearn for my favorite candy from yesteryear.

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. What was your favorite candy in your Good Old Days? We want to hear about it! Send a brief response to me at Editor@GoodOldDaysMagazine.com, and it could appear in a future update or in Good Old Days magazine! Here is an email response from the Sept. 18, 2019, update question: What did you do on autumn Friday nights in your Good Old Days?

Laurie Grove shared: "When I was a student at Great Falls High School in Great Falls, Mont., in the mid-1970s, I loved going to the football games on Friday nights in spite of how terribly cold it could be. The student body was extremely enthusiastic in cheering for the GFHS Bison. Afterward, a group of us would go to a favorite restaurant to have snacks and celebrate! The Bison were often victorious!"


Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.


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Trivia Answer

The Ten Commandments. In the film, Heston portrayed Moses and Brynner played the Egyptian pharaoh Rameses II. The epic film was a huge box office success and was the highest grossing film that year.

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