The tradition of wearing a frightening costume on Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) was born out of, all places, a religious observance. The first day of November, once known as “Hallows’ Day,” was considered by the Celtics to be a solemn day of remembrance for all deceased relatives because, as religious legend goes, it was the day the souls of those who had died in the previous year would be sent to find their peace in the otherworld.
On the evening before, All Hallows’ Eve, the spirits are said to be allowed to mingle among the living one last time in hopes of finding a body to possess for the coming year.
Putting On Your Ghoulish Best
To thwart off their attempts, the living would make their homes undesirable and dress up in ghoulish costumes to frighten off away interested spirits. Unfortunately, nowhere is it written that this method actually works.
The practice of serving frightening food on Hallows’ Eve has no long legend, but it is possible that it was born from the same vein, or a good excuse to pull a prank!
Pranks are fun and they can leave both you and your guests laughing for days- especially when it’s a good one – and one of the easiest ways to pull off a good prank is with food!
Serving a frightening food, a creepy cuisine or ghoulish goodie just may be the best way to “trick” ghosts and goblins and make them go away!
Here now are some “spook”-tacular snack ideas that are sure to be scary enough to keep those ghosts away yet satisfying for all the good spirits you do want to keep in your life! Happy Halloween!