I have been away for several days over the weekend, madly testing ensaimada, leche flan, lenguas de gato and other recipes for my Christmas special at my far away test kitchenâ€¦ suffice it to say I started with 100 eggs, a sack of â€œprimeraâ€ or hard wheat flour, 15 pounds of butter and 5 kilos of sugar, but Iâ€™ll leave that story for another day. We dashed back to Manila so my daughter could trick or treat with friendsâ€¦ at 10 years of age I suspect itâ€™s more the social aspect of roaming like nutcases through a tropical village in mid-afternoon (who the heck thinks trick-or-treating should start at 3pm???) rather than the candy count in their bags at the end of it all. At any rate, what is Halloween anyway? And why do we give candy (tons of it, as you can see by these photos taken by my daughter minutes ago) or treats? Does anyone really do tricks anymore?
My 18 second research has yielded the following answers from the wilstar.com website on holidays. They are enough depth for meâ€¦ thanks. â€œHalloweenâ€ is the short version of â€œAll Hallows Eveâ€ â€“ the night before All Saints Day. About 25 centuries ago, the Celts in Ireland believed that on the 31st of October, their equivalent of New Yearâ€™s Eve, all of the souls of people who died in the previous year were looking for live bodies to possess so they could stick around the planet. All the living folks obviously didnâ€™t want to be possessed so they would don costumes to scare away the dead soulsâ€¦ Cool, huh? The custom of Halloween was brought to the Americas in about the 1840â€™s by Irish immigrants. They used to pull pranks like tipping over outhouses (boy, would I be annoyed if someone tipped over my toilet while I was doing my business!) and other such silly thingsâ€¦
Trick or treating is believed to have originated from a European custom called â€œsoulingâ€ where folks used to go door to door begging for â€œsoul cakesâ€ made of bread with sweet currants on November 2, or All Soulâ€™s Day. The more cakes people gave, the more prayers they would get on behalf of their dead relatives. Folks got confused one day and merged the concept of â€œsoulingâ€ with the concept of costumes and tricks and voilaâ€¦ Halloween as we know it today. So thatâ€™s the super speedy explanation for Halloween. I better don my costume right now before I am potentially possessed by recently deceased relatives who I DO NOT want to be taken over by. My body is too good for them, so well-fed, so carefully exercisedâ€¦heeheehee. On the other hand, Marketman and family have always been generous with the sweets so we must have major prayer â€œcreditsâ€â€¦ so I am hopeful that all of my good dearly departed relatives are right up there in heaven in the equivalent of the Presidential Suite and flying First Classâ€¦
As for anyone doing tricks, we did once set up a real haunted house in our garage for revelers to go through before they received a treat. We had areas that were dark and dingy, where iced hands would grab exposed arms and legs, where kids had to dip their hands into dark covered vats and search through â€œwormsâ€ (cold noodles), â€œslimeâ€ (chopped melting gulaman), etc. We had real tombstones on the front lawn, a coffin with a live person inside, and basically went thoroughly over the top! It was lots of fund but oh so much work. At any rate, Marketman and family wish you all a very Happy Halloween!!!