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
and would wear masks if they
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.
19th century America, Scottish and Irish immigrants revived
old traditions. It has since been know as “Trick or Treating”.
of us are opting to host Halloween parties for our children
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!