Sandra M. Grant P.Dt. - Registered Clinical Nutritionist
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October 2013

Happy Halloween

The true story behind the ancient origins of Halloween began 2000 years ago with the Celtic festival called Samhain celebrated on November 1st. It was seen as a liminal time, when the spirits or fairies could more easily come into our world. On the night before Samhain, people believed the dead came back as ghosts. They would leave food and wine on their doorsteps to keep roaming ghosts at bay, and would wear masks if they left the house, hoping to be mistaken  as fellow ghosts. The Christian church  turned Salhaim into All Saints day and then in the 8th century it became All Hallows Day. The night before was known as All Hallows Eve and then later shortened to Halloween.   

We all know about trick or treating, but what about Souling or Guising? All 3 of these traditions originated in Medieval Britian on All Souls Day, November 2nd. The needy would beg for pastries known as soul cakes and in return they would pray for People’s dead relatives. This was known as “souling”. In the medieval Hallow’s eve tradition of “Guising”, young people would dress up in costume and accept food, wine, money or other offerings in exchange for singing, reciting poetry or telling jokes.   In 19th century America, Scottish and Irish immigrants revived these old traditions. It has since been know as “Trick or Treating”.   

Many of us are opting to host Halloween parties for our children Rather than continue with the trick or treating tradition.  Because of this, I thought I’d post a few healthy, easy to prepare, Halloween snacks to offer to your little ghouls and goblins. Enjoy! 

What you'll need: Apples and Slivered Almonds
How to make them: Just quarter and core an apple, cut a wedge from the skin side of each quarter, then press slivered almonds in place for teeth. Voila!! Scary apple grins.
Note: If you're not going to serve them right away, baste the apples with orange juice to keep them from   browning. 

Spooky Spider Eggs:
Prepare your favourite deviled eggs, then cut pitted black olives in half lengthwise and nestle one half on top of each egg for the body. Cut the other half crosswise into thin slices to form the creepy legs. 

Banana Ghost Pops:
Cut banana in half widthwise. Push a Popsicle stick into each half through the cut end, cover each pop with plastic wrap and freeze until firm (about 3 hours). 
Once frozen, roll in vanilla yogurt, sprinkle heavily with finely ground coconut, and decorate with chocolate chips, currants or raisins. Return the pops to the freezer until ready to serve. If you prefer a sweeter treat, replace the yogurt with melted white chocolate. Yumm!  

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