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Great Halloween

Updated on October 16, 2010


Halloween is great for the children; it is a day that we all look forward to. There are many activities associated with Halloween. But what is the origin of Halloween.

The origin of Halloween

Nobody for certain can tell where and when the name Halloween was adopted, however it may have derived from an old English phrase ealra hálȝena mæssedæȝ, which means the feast of all saints. Since the border between the underworld and this world became thin on the Samhain festivals, this allowed spirits either harmful or harmless to pass through. The Celtics invited their ancestors and the harmful spirits were chased away through deception of wearing masks and costumes to appear as a harmful spirit and thus avoid any harm from the harmful spirits.  It was in Samhain that food stock and animals were slaughtered to store as winter was beginning. The origin of the name Halloween is derived the word All Hallows or Hallowmas. Hallow means making Holy. Halloween is a shortened version of the day before All Hallows All Hallow is a day we know as All Saints Day, A day set aside celebrated and honour all unknown saints. The day before Halloween is the All Souls Days in honour of all those who have died and gone to heaven but have not attained sainthood. In some countries it is known as the Day of the Dead. The activities for Halloween includes 'trick or treating', lantern lighting and dressing in strange costumes


Enjoying Halloween the Irish Way

Barmbrack, Irish yeast bread is the heart of any Irish Halloween celebration. Traditionally when baking the Halloween Barmbrack, the following six objects were added and used for fortune telling. The added objects were a ring, a pea, a Virgin Mary medallion, a stick, a silver sixpence coin and a piece of cloth.

Once the Halloween Barmbrack was cut into slices, a meaning was derived from the object in the slice that one received. If it was ring it meant that the recipient of the slice would get married within the year, while if it was a pea it meant one would not marry that year and if it was the Virgin Mary medallion it meant that one would become a priest or a nun. If one got a stick it signified “a stick to beat ones wife” meaning unhappy marriage and disputes. If one received the silver sixpence coin it meant one would get a fortune and become rich, while if one got the piece of clothe in his her slice it meant bad luck and becoming poor.

Enjoying Halloween the English way with a Candy Apple

The Candy Apples are apples coated by a hard sugar candy and served with a stick. The coating is either red tainted cooled sugar syrup flavored with cinnamon. Chocolate and caramel are also used as a coating for the Candy Apples.

In England the Candy Apples are known as Toffee Apples and unlike in the US where they are mainly consumed during Halloween, in England the Toffee Apples are mainly consumed on November 5th during the Bonfire or Guy Fawkes Night. In Germany Candy Apples are mainly for Christmas. China too, have its own type of Candy Apples which are made from hawthorn; small fruits and its known as Tughulu.

Candy Apple have not always been part of Halloween or Bonfire Night, they were first invented in 1908 by William Kolbs of Netwark.

Making home Candy Apples is simple; you need the apple, syrup, a stick and some cinnamon. Flavour the syrup with the cinnamon and heat the syrup to a hard crack and apply on the apple and let it cool. Make sure the stick is stuck to the apple before coating; the stick makes it easier to eat the Candy Apple. Enjoy.

Enjoying Halloween with the Candy Corn.

I cannot imagine a Halloween without the Candy Corn. Shaped like corn kernel, Candy corn was invented by George Renniger in 1880s while working for Wunderlee Candy Company. They are called Candy Corn because of their shape, size and colors which mimics the corn kernel. The colors used on the Candy corn are yellow for the broad, orange for the centre and a white tip; however there is now “Indian Candy Corn” which has chocolate brown replacing the yellow for the broad. Made using sugar, some salt, artificial colors and corn syrup, Candy Corn is usually served in 40 grams of 22 pieces. The 22 pieces of the Candy Corn contains 140 calories, however it is important to read the package for nutrition information.


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