When the trees start to change and you see the first yellow or orange leaf of the season, you may find your thoughts starting to turn to cooler things. For many people, one of the greatest parts of autumn is Halloween.
When getting together your Halloween dessert recipes, consider the history behind the holiday. Though there is a rich history of Halloween, many people today don’t think about it.
There are arguments about the beginning of Halloween; some say that it came from the Roman festival and feast of Pomona. Others argue that it much closer resembles the Celtic celebration of Samhain. Through the years, the meaning of the celebration has changed, and many of the traditions have taken on new meanings, as well.
Traditionally, guising (otherwise known as dressing up in a Halloween costume) was something children did for Halloween. The children would take hollowed turnips and other vegetables to their neighbors’ homes, for items such as coins and home-made pastries.
There are many flavors of the holiday. Historically, as well as today, pumpkin, apple, and caramel are some of the most common and well-known autumn flavors. This is true for Halloween itself, as well. You can find Halloween bake sales and carnivals that feature the flavors of the holiday.
Though the Halloween of today and the traditions of old may not be the same, you can find many similarities between the two. Halloween is a world wide tradition—from ancient Romans and Celtic druids to South American traditions and beyond, you can find people all over the world, all through time, celebrating Halloween.