Halloween fun & games
Apples are a traditional Halloween fruit as they were very plentiful in October. These games are still played today.
1. One of the most popular Halloween games in Ireland is 'Snap Apple'. In this game an apple is hung from the ceiling and the children are blindfolded. The first one to take a bite from the apple wins! This game can also be played by putting apples into basin of water. The first person to lift out an apple by grabbing the stem with their teeth is the winner.
2. Another Halloween custom involves peeling an apple in one long strip. Then throw the peel over your left shoulder and try to figure out what letter it resembles. The initial will be the first letter of the name of you future spouse!
The First Jack-O'-Lantern
It's usually the first Halloween decoration to go out on the front porch, the ubiquitous Jack-O-Lantern. As legend goes: An Irish legend tells of Jack, a lazy but shrewd farmer who used a cross to trick the Devil, then refused to free him unless he agreed to never let Jack into Hell. The Devil agreed. When Jack died, he was too sinful to be allowed into Heaven, but the Devil wouldn't let him into Hell. So, Jack carved out one of his turnips, put a candle inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He was known as "Jack of the Lantern", or Jack-o'-Lantern. Despite the colorful legends, the term jack-o'-lantern originally meant a night watchman, or man with a lantern. So join the legendary Jack-O-Lantern on the joyous All Hallows Eve and eat up all that tasty candy! This pumpkin stands 12" tall, including the stem and the leafy brim is 4" wide. Available color: Orange. Available size: One size fits most, adjustable velcro strap inside.