Candy, costumes and corn mazes. Oh my, it could be a spooky surprise!
It’s fall, and Texans are ready for holiday frights and those sweet, tasty delights. But it wouldn’t be possible without Texas agriculture.
Although Halloween traditions have evolved over time, many are still similar, and agriculture has always played a role.
The glow of a hand-carved jack o’ lantern lights the path to a front porch. A doorbell rings, and candy is added to the trick-or-treater’s stash. A black cat prowls the streets. Families hustle through a haunted maze. And agriculture is there for it all.
Texas is home to the Pumpkin Capital, USA.
Floydada, a West Texas town, is known as the “Pumpkin Capital, USA.” But pumpkin patches all across the state are open for folks to visit and pick the plump pumpkin that’s perfect for them.
Sweet treats use Texas sugar.
Halloween is all about the candy and sweet desserts. And sugar is a key ingredient. That sugar gets its start on farms like those in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where it’s grown and processed into sucrose or table sugar.
Cotton is used in scary and cheery costumes.
Ghosts, goblins, and monsters. Or cheerleaders, football players and celebrities. Cotton is use to make many of those costumes. And Texas is the top cotton-producing state in the nation.
Explore and have an a-MAZE-ing time.
Left. Right. And left again. Can you find your way out of the corn maze? Corn is a major crop grown in Texas. Most of the acres planted are field corn, which is used as livestock feed. And it grows tall enough to make a great maze!
Hay! Let’s go for a ride!
Hay! Hay! Hay! Square bales of hay make good seats on a hay ride or nice fall décor. The big round bales are sometimes painted to look like jack o’ lanterns. No matter the use for Halloween, Texas farmers and ranchers grow plenty of hay each year to feed their livestock.
We hope you have a fun and safe Halloween! Enjoy all of those holiday frights, tasty delights and sweet memories made with family and friends.