Want to surprise your trick or treaters? Offer Kale instead of candy as an offering for Halloween!!
“In the olden days, young people in Scotland would go blindfolded into the garden to pull kale stalks and chard as offerings for Halloween. Later, before the crackling fireplace, the plants would be “read” for revealing signs of the future wife or husband–short and stunted, tall and healthy, withered and old, and so on. The amount of dirt clinging to the root was believed to indicate the amount of dowry or offering one could expect from a mate. The stalks were then hung above the door in a row, and each subsequent Halloween visitor was assigned the identity of a vegetable-spouse in turn. Cabbages and leeks were similarly used. So much for the offerings for Halloween being sweet and sugary!!
Nuts as an offering for Halloween is another tradition and have been used for magic since Roman times. Some Scottish and northern English people believed nuts were so powerful that sorcerers called their October 31st celebration “Nut Crack Night”.
Halloween as an American Holiday uses apples often for an offering for Halloween and pre-store bought candy , things such as popcorn balls, homemade sweets and fruits were given as offerings for Halloween.
In old England, apples and nuts were seen as powerful prognosticators. Celtic folk used them in such in their Halloween divination games for centuries, and there were some Scottish, Irish and British men and women–people from the northern parts of England–still celebrate All Hallows with apples and nuts throughout the heyday of Guy Fawkes, also known as Firework Night, is an annual commemoration observed on 5 November. Its history begins with the events of 5 November 1605, when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords.
The night of October 31 was known in parts of the British Isles as “Snap Apple Night”…the name of this Halloween Traditions came from an old game played by tying the player’s hands behind his back and having him try to bite an apple suspended from a string. Like their English ancestors before them, Americans used apple dunking to find who will marry first. Whoever could snag an apple from a big bucket filled with water, hands tied behind the back, would be wed soonest.
Whatever you choose as an offering of Halloween, STAY SAFE and have a Happy Halloween.