It’s that time of the year again. Everywhere you look, there are jack-o-lanterns, skulls, and all things spooky. Halloween has arrived! And the vast majority of people don’t give too much thought to how the costumes, candy and decorations get on their store shelves in time.
A little known fact is that trucking companies are at the center of the Halloween mania every year. There was a time when Halloween wasn’t nearly as prevalent in our culture as it is today. In fact, the collective significance of Halloween is growing by the year.
Retailers used to designate a very small section of their stores to Halloween-related merchandise. The presence of Halloween in your average American store was usually pretty subtle. You wouldn’t quite notice it unless you were seeking it out intentionally. And oh, how times have changed!
Nowadays, we have multiple stores dedicated entirely to Halloween. And they’re filled with costumes, pumpkins, enormous bags of candy, decorations, make-up, and any other Halloween-centric product you can imagine. And as stated previously, most people don’t peruse the shelves and ponder just what it took to get all of the tricks and treats to them on time.
Trucking the Treats
Halloween has evolved from an oft-overlooked holiday into a cultural phenomenon. And what’s one of the hallmarks of a proper Halloween? Why, it’s candy, of course!
Do you know how much chocolate is sold around Halloween? Almost 90 million pounds! And 35 millions pounds of candy corn are manufactured every year! (Even though it sometimes seems like nobody likes it.) That comes to 9 billion pieces, which is enough to circle the moon 21 times!
Americans will spend $2.4 billion collectively on 600 million pounds of Halloween candy this year alone. That much candy is equivalent to the weight of six Titanic ships.
Have you ever taken a moment to wonder how all of that candy reaches its destination? It’s moved in trucks! What most people don’t know is that when it comes to treats like chocolate and candy apples, they have to be transported in refrigerated freights. The trucks’ cargo stays nice and cool, so that the candy doesn’t arrive at the stores in a gigantic pile of sugary soup.
Considering the massive quantity of candy that’s transported and sold around Halloween, that’s a gargantuan amount of chilled trucks moving around the country spreading the Halloween spirit.
Just like the piles of candy on the shelves, have you ever passed a jack-o-lantern and considered what it took to transport it? Long before it’s carved and stuffed with a candle, that pumpkin had to be very carefully picked, loaded and transported to the final destination to make sure it was ready to buy on time.
Most people don’t know what a narrow window exists in which a pumpkin can be picked and shipped. If they’re harvested too early, they definitely won’t last until Halloween. They’ll wither and rot long before October 31st.
If they’re picked too late, and transported after Halloween, nobody would buy them. Who wants to buy a pumpkin after Halloween?
Most of the truck drivers who transport the pumpkins inspect them before they’re loaded, to make sure they’re delivering the very best pumpkins. And a lot like the candy, the pumpkins have to be kept at a cool enough temperature throughout the shipment to preserve their quality. Any truck that gets too hot will lead to freight full of rotten pumpkins.
Conclusion – Happy Halloween!
Candy and pumpkins are integral to Halloween, but the decorations, costumes, make-up and even the scary movies are all delivered with trucks, as well. If it weren’t for the trucking industry, all of our favorite components of Halloween would simply sit in warehouses all throughout October. And that’s no fun for any of us.
Iron Horse Transport is proud of the part we play in bringing Halloween to New York. And we wish you the safest, spookiest, and happiest of Halloweens!