John Candy Day


October 31 isn’t just Halloween and it isn’t just the birthday of this blog (happy third birthday to us!); it’s also a day to celebrate the life and work of the brilliantly talented and hilarious John Candy. Candy was born 63 years ago today in Newmarket, Ontario, on a day, most appropriately, that candy is given away for free all over the U.S. and Canada.

Candy was known for his comedy work and appearance in classic films like Stripes, The Great Outdoors, Uncle Buck, Canadian Bacon, Planes, Trains and Automobiles and many more, but he also had his very own cartoon and comic book set at a fictional summer camp bearing his name. You don’t get your own comic book and cartoon on network television (Camp Candy ran on NBC during the 1989 and 1990 television seasons) for nothing.

Tragically, Candy left this earth way too early at the age of 43, dying of a heart attack nearly 20 years ago (has it really been that long?) and leaving behind a body of work that deserves admiration and appreciation.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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