True or False: Halloween began as a New Years Eve celebration.
True: Celtic tribes celebrated the new year on what we now know as November 1st. It was called Samhain. They believed that on this holiday that the souls who had died that year moved from this world to the next. When christianity replaced paganism it became All Hallows Day. October 31st became All Hallows Eve. Since many still believed that restless spirits roamed the Earth a special ritual began. Villagers went from door to door offering to pray for the souls who had died in return for a sweetened cake. If refused, they would play a prank on that home. That’s how we got trick-or-treating. The cakes were known as soulcakes. I have created a gluten free soulcake, or sweetened cake recipe for all of you! Be sure to check it out at the bottom of this post.
*When cut horizontally, the apple reveals a pentagon. Pentagon used to be connected with those men who predicted love. So came Bobbing for apples. It was love game. Snagging an apple suggested snagging a mate.
True or False: Anoka, MN is the Halloween capital of the world.
True. On act of Congress dubbed it the Halloween capital of the world.
*Candy didn’t become part of the All Hallows Eve celebrations until around the 1930’s. It began as a kind gesture to help reduce “tricks” or vandalism and pranks on this holiday. So don’t forget to stock up on candy this year. 🙂
True or False: Candy corn has its own National Holiday!
True: October 30th is National candy corn day (I guess Halloween was just too full already 🙂
Americans consume more than 35 million pounds of candy corn every year! That’s enough to circle the moon 4 times!!!
*Aztecs and Myans celebrate a holiday similar to Halloween. It is called Día de los Muertosis or Day of the Dead. It is a nine day celebration honoring those who have passed. During this celebration it is believed that ancestors who have passed come back to visit the living. This is the motivation for the living to create such yummy foods, to encourage their return. This celebration began over 400 years ago, around the time that the cocoa beans was used as currency in Mexico. For this reason many of the treats during Día de los Muertosis are made with chocolate. Mmmm! Maybe I should start celebrating Día de los Muertosis!
True or False: The worlds largest pumpkin was 1,000 pounds.
False: It was 1,446 pounds!!!
Gluten Free Soulcakes
1 tsp. allspice (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon)
1 c. dried fruit of choice
1/2 cup raw or organic butter
1/2 cup Agave
1 cage-free, organic egg
3 cups Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix
Cream butter and sugar together, add egg and spices and beat together. Add Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix. Wrap dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Roll out between two pieces of parchment paper until the dough is 1/4-inch thick. Cut out cookie shapes and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350° preheated oven for 14-17 minutes.