Trick or Treat

I love candy. Chocolate. Chewy. Nutty. Crunchy. All kinds of candy. I don’t discriminate. So just where did the tradition of giving out treats come from?

Well, working back in time, I’ve found getting treats comes from something called soul cakes. Some sources say that the poor would beg them from the rich as they passed in their fine carriages in exchange for a prayer. Other sources, like wikipedia, say that mainly the poor and children would go from house to house, signing in monotone and were given the cakes.

Apparently, each cake eaten represented a soul released from purgatory. (1 Snickers=1 freed soul, I can live with that, but the scale is groaning).

But, wait a minute.  If Halloween traditions started with the celebration of Samhain, where do the Celts come in?

Like things lost to oral tradition, it depends on the source. Some say the cakes were passed around to appease the rising darkness as the sun god died (Samhain). Others claim that receiving the burnt cake was in essence winning the sacrificial lottery–Your death ensured that the crops would be plentiful for your village.

So if you’re interested in making your own soul cakes, here’s a recipe.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at www.lindaandrews.net She’d love to hear from you.
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