The History of Halloween Plus Frightfully Good Halloween Food

Words: Jess Spiro

Ah, Halloween, the cheesiest and most sweet-filled holiday of them all. Funnily enough, though, the origins of Halloween aren’t as tacky as you would think. We check out the history of Halloween, plus share some frightfully good Halloween food.

Frightfully Good Halloween Food

The History of Halloween

The story dates back ±2000 years, when the Celts occupied what is now the United Kingdom and France. The Celts would celebrate their new year, called ‘Samhain’ on November 1st, marking the official end of summer and the beginning of a long, cold winter.

It was believed that the night before the new year, on October 31st, that ghosts of the dead would rise and walk the earth; to keep them at bay, villagers would put food and wine on their doorsteps.

People would also dress up as ghosts when leaving the house, so as to be mistaken for one of the spirits roaming the earth for the night.

How Samhain became Halloween

In 1000 A.D., the Roman Catholic church changed ‘Samhain’ to ‘All Soul’s Day’, where the souls of the dead are commemorated. This was then changed to ‘All Hallows’ Day’, and October 31st became known as ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ and eventually, ‘Halloween’.

The tradition, which started in Europe, was brought to America by Irish immigrants and has become an institution in their culture. As early as the 1950s, the focus changed to be less creepy and macabre to more family-orientated. As an ode to the All Hallows’ Eve bygone, we’ve put together a couple of dishes that are a little spookier and a lot less tacky.

Fun Halloween Food for your Party

Halloween Food - bloodied hallowine cocktail
Halloween Food - spicy batwings

Bloodied Hallowine Cocktail

Firstly, what is a party without a little welcome cocktail? And on the creepiest night of the year, you can’t just serve any old drink, so we’ve come up with the ideal ghostly refreshment. Based on a sangria, this Bloodied Hallowine Cocktail is a tasty mix of a light red wine and zesty citrus and is dotted with blackberries. Seeing as the weather is warming up nicely, this drink will keep everyone’s (blood) thirst at bay.

Spicy Sticky Bat Wings

As soon as your guests are a little loosened up, start sending trays of these Spicy Sticky Bat Wings around. Okay, okay, they’re only chicken wings, and pretty tasty ones at that, but they’ll definitely set the tone for a haunted evening. They’re cooked in a simple, yet sticky sauce that you could probably put on anything, even real bats.

Halloween Food - spooky toadstool pasta
halloween food - bleeding heart cherry tarts

Spooky Toadstool Spaghetti

Move on to a ghoulish main course by serving heaped platters of this Spooky Toadstool Spaghetti with a Peppery Café au Lait Sauce. With dark squid ink pasta and toasted little mushrooms, this dish is as creepy as it is tasty.

Bleeding Heart Tarts

When it’s time to move onto dessert, channel your inner evil Queen of Hearts and hand out these Bleeding Heart Tarts. Cherries are cooked down with sugar and a bit of cornflour to leave a gooey, sticky mess beneath shortcrust pastry.

Halloween Food for Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween Food - cranberry nougat
Halloween Food crime scene cookies

And if your meal is interrupted by trick-or-treaters, have these Pistachio, Cranberry Honey Nougat on standby. Lastly, whip out these Crime Scene Cookies, to serve with coffee as black as your soul. Then, pat yourself on the back for hosting a completely civilised Halloween dinner party.

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