Halloween is All-Hallows’-Eve which is the night-before-All-Saints’-Day.
Tricks or treats old style
Begging at the door grew from an ancient English custom of knocking at doors to beg for a “soul cake” in return for which the beggars promised to pray for the dead of the household. Soul cakes, are a form of shortbread. Florence Berger tells in her Cooking for Christ a legend of a zealous cook who vowed she would invent soul cakes to remind them of eternity at every bite. So she cut a hole in the middle and dropped it in hot fat, and lo a doughnut, circle that it is, it suggests the never ending of eternity.
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