Tom Smith Halloween Crackers

  • October 18, 2007
  • Jenna Maxwell

Is everyone ready for Halloween?  Only 13 more days until the “undead” will once again roam the earth for one eerie night.  Of course they’ll have to make their way through the ghosts, goblins, ninjas, princesses and Hannah Montana’s, but I’m sure they’ll be fine.  I can’t wait to see all the trick-or-treaters out begging for candy.  Hopefully there won’t be any tricks played, just good old fashioned treats.  Don’t forget October 30th is Cabbage Night so be sure to bring all your pumpkins inside for the night, park your cars in the garage and leave as many outside lights on as you can.  Better to be safe than sorry! 

Planning a Halloween party this year?  Have I got the perfect fun activity for children and adults alike.  They’re called Tom Smith Halloween Crackers and everyone will love them!  It’s a new twist on a traditional Christmas treat.  I know the first time I heard Tom Smith Christmas Crackers I was like “what are those?”  Well, here’s a brief description and history for you to better understand what exactly they are.

The Christmas cracker was invented in 1847 by Tom Smith, a baker of wedding cakes from Clerkenwell, London.  On a trip to Paris in 1840 Smith discovered the “bon-bon”, a sugared almond wrapped in a twist of paper. Back in London, his new sweets became quite popular. When he noticed that young men were buying them for their sweethearts he began to place love mottoes on small slips of paper inside the wrapping. In 1846, standing at his fireplace, the crackle of a log gave him the flash of inspiration for the cracker. After much experimentation, he got it right. He pasted small strips of saltpetre to two strips of thin card. As the cards were pulled away from each other, the friction created a crack and a spark (similar to that used in a cap gun).  A cracker consists of a cardboard tube wrapped in a brightly decorated twist of paper, making it resemble an oversized sweet-wrapper. The cracker is pulled by two people, and, much in the manner of a wishbone, the cracker splits unevenly. The split is accompanied by a small bang.  Inside the cracker is typically a small toy or other trinket and a motto, a joke or piece of trivia on a small strip of paper. 

The Halloween crackers contain small Halloween trinkets and toys.  We had the Tom Smith Christmas Crackers last year on Christmas Eve and the kids couldn’t wait to “pull” their crackers.  Even the adults were getting into it!  Believe me you’ll love these crackers because they’ll make one heck of an exciting Halloween treat!  Start a new tradition this year with your family and friends with the Tom Smith Halloween Crackers.