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Fun Facts About Halloween

  • The word Halloween is an abbreviated version of the phrase All Hallows’ Evening.
  • The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They began wearing masks and costumes to avoid being recognised as human.
  • Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
  • If you see a spider on Halloween, it is said to be the spirit of a loved one watching over you.
  • Halloween is the second most commercially successful holiday. Christmas is the first.
  • Orange and black are traditional Halloween colours for a reason. Orange was chosen because of its association with the fall harvest and black was chosen due to its association with darkness and death.
  • Most popular costumes for adults are the Witch, Vampire & Pirate. Children’s most popular costumes are Princess, Batman & Spiderman.
  • Trick or Treating began in areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland. People went house to house “souling” – asking for small bread called “soul cakes” in exchange for prayer.

Healthy Halloween treats

Try these simple and healthy recipes as something fun to do with the kids this Halloween. Click here to see original site these fun ideas were sourced from.

Mummy Toast: This is so easy! I would toast the bread first and then assemble the mummy. Spread on a layer of pizza sauce, arrange hard cheese so that it resembles mummy bandages and hide in some black olive slices for the eyes. If your little ones would like the cheese melted, pop it under the grill.

Spiders on a Log: Slice washed celery sticks lengthwise and then smear on some smooth peanut butter. I like all natural but any brand would do. Here it has been styled with plastic spiders but you could certainly add raisins for the classic ants on a log.

Banana Ghosts: These treats are so adorable for a Halloween party. Just press chocolate chips into half of a peeled banana so that they resemble a ghost face. Love it.

Mandarin and Celery Pumpkins: Just peel a little mandarin or small oranges if that is all you have. Insert a one-inch piece of celery into the top so that it looks like a pumpkin stalk.

Olive Spider Cheese Balls: Source your favorite cheese ball recipe for this one. On top of the foundation layer (for instance a piece of toasted baguette) scoop a dollop of your cheese ball recipe. Top with a black olive. Cut another olive into thin slices for the legs. If you would like eyes on your spider, pipe on some of the cheese.

Butterspider Pudding: You could use any pudding flavor, really. But I do love that creepy crawly look given by the homemade butterscotch pudding. (A tiny bit of black food coloring would make it look even swampier.) Thrown on a few plastic bugs and you have a gross out treat that is on the healthier side.

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