The Easter Bunny is a character that, according to legend, brings children eggs, candy, money, or toys the night before Easter. While not associated with the Christian Easter Story in any way, the Easter Bunny has become as much a part of the Easter celebration as Santa Claus has for Christmas.
The first mentions of the Easter Bunny came in the form of German writings from the 1600's. When the Pennsylvania Dutch arrived in North America in the 1700's, they brought the legend of the Easter Bunny, which they called "Oschter Haws," with them. Tradition states that children would put out baskets or bonnets the night before Easter and, if they were good, they would be rewarded! Sometimes the Oschter Haws would place its gifts in the basket, but other times it would hide those gifts so the children would have to search for them in the morning. This tradition soon grew in popularity into the Easter Bunny that we know of today.