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Halloween Cookies Chocolate Spiders Meringue Ghosts
Halloween Cookies take sweet and buttery flavored sugar cookies and covers them with royal icing that dries to a smooth, hard, matte finish. more Chocolate Spiders are made with Chocolate Coconut Macaroons that have two candy eyes and four 'stick' pretzels pressed into each cookie. more Meringue Ghosts are little haphazard mounds of sweetened meringue studded with cute candy eyes. more
Pumpkin Cookies Halloween Cheesecakes Halloween Whoopie Pies
Pumpkin Cookies have a wonderfully soft and spongy texture and taste of pumpkin and its complementary spices (ground cinnamon, ginger and cloves). Absolutely delicious with a cream cheese frosting. more Halloween Cheesecakes are cute little New York style cheesecakes with chocolate crumb crusts that are dressed up for Halloween with cobwebs of chocolate. more Halloween Whoopie Pies take two round domed shaped chocolate cookies and sandwiches them together with a soft and creamy vanilla filling that has been colored bright orange. more
     
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Today, Halloween is primarily a children's holiday celebrated on October 31. It is a day full of parties, of dressing up in costumes and going door to door in neighborhoods collecting candy (called trick-or treating which means "Give me a treat or I'll play a trick on you"). Houses are often decorated with pumpkins carved into Jack-O-Lanterns, with the Halloween enthusiasts adding corn stalks, bales of hay, spooky music, dry ice, cob webs, and even statues of ghosts, crows, bats, witches, and tombstones.

Halloween has its roots in ancient times, attached mainly to the Celtic festival (Samhain), which was celebrated on November 1. This festival marked the end of summer and the harvest season and the beginning of winter. It was also the Festival of the Dead, and on the eve of Samhain (October 31) the Celtics believed the spirits of the dead returned to earth and caused havoc while they traveled to the Land of the Dead. The Celtics would dress in costumes to disguise themselves from the spirits and bonfires were lit so food and animals could be sacrificed. On this day it was also believed that Celtic priests had the power to read the future and to cast spells.

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Mummy Cupcakes

Apple Crisp

Gingerbread Cookies

Mummy Cupcakes are delicious chocolate cupcakes covered with lines of creamy Marshmallow Frosting. Two candy eyes finish the look making these cupcakes oh so cute. more An apple crisp is perfect when the weather turns cold. There is something so appealing about warm baked apples covered in cinnamon and sugar, made all the more tasty with a crisp and crunchy topping. more Fall and Winter baking wouldn't seem complete without a batch of gingerbread cookies. Fragrant with ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves the amount of which can be adjusted to suit your own individual taste. more
Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin Spice Cake Pumpkin Cheesecake
My personal favorite pumpkin pie recipe is this Pate Brisee recipe, as I like its' wonderful buttery flavor and crumbly texture. more What sets this moist and flavorful pumpkin spice cake apart is its wonderful maple-flavored cream cheese frosting. more Pumpkin Cheesecake combines two American favorites; New York style cheesecake and pumpkin pie. It is the perfect dessert for Thanksgiving. more
Pumpkin Roll Pumpkin Muffins Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
This lovely Pumpkin Roll consists of sweet and moist pumpkin sponge roll wrapped around a tangy cream cheese filling. more These pumpkins muffins taste great. They contain whole wheat flour, bran, pumpkin puree, raisins, and yogurt (or buttermilk). more Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins have a buttery flavor, dense texture, and are full of chocolate chips. more
Caramel Corn Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Homemade Marshmallows
Caramel Corn is made with freshly popped corn that is coated in a caramel mixture made of white and dark sugars, light corn syrup, and butter. more Peanut Butter Cup Cookies are delicious. Each cookie has a miniature peanut butter cup pressed into the center which makes for a wonderful treat. more Homemade Marshmallows have this wonderfully sweet vanilla scented airiness that makes them perfect for eating on their own. more

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Peanut Butter Cups

Candy Corn Parfaits

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies take two round domed shaped pumpkin cookies and sandwich them together with a soft and creamy vanilla filling. more Peanut Butter Cups have a shell of milk and semi sweet chocolates and a smooth and creamy peanut butter center. more Candy Corn Parfaits are made by layering vanilla ice cream, with orange sherbet and lemon sorbet. Great to serve at your next Halloween party. more

Chocolate Peanut Squares

Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Peanut Squares are a delicious combination of peanut butter, cocoa powder, marshmallows, rice cereal, and peanuts. more

Peanut Butter Balls have a lovely coating of chocolate with a smooth and creamy filling that is almost fudge-like in texture. more

These rich and elegant, bite-sized round petit fours are made from a mixture of dark or white chocolate and cream to which various flavorings can be added: butter, liqueurs, extracts, nuts, coffee, purees, spices, candied or dried fruits. more

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches Pumpkin Seed Brittle Apple Cake
Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches combine delicious chocolate cookies filled with white chocolate chips and pumpkin ice cream. more Pumpkin Seed Brittle is a delicious confection that is full of toasted pumpkin seeds encased in a cooked sugar syrup. Pumpkin Seed Brittle is hard and brittle, yet crunchy and sweet. more An Apple Cake is the perfect Fall dessert, with its chunks of apples and pecans, along with plump and juicy raisins, all wrapped in a cinnamon-laced batter. more
Pumpkin Bread Pumpkin Cranberry Bread Pumpkin Scones
Pumpkin puree is used to make this sweet, moist, and flavorful quick bread. What sets this bread apart is a layer of cream cheese filling. more As its name implies, this quick bread is full of the flavors of pumpkin and fresh cranberries. Sweet and moist its flavor is enhanced by freshly squeezed orange juice and zest. more In this Pumpkin Scone recipe, pumpkin puree replaces some of the liquid and you end up with a dough that is slightly firmer and less sticky than other scone batters. more

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As time passed and the Christian church's influence spread, they tried to end Samhain (they were not completely successful) by renaming November 1 All Saints' Day (All Hallows' Day in England). It became a day to celebrate Christian saints and the night before all Saints' Day become known as All Hallows' Eve (later Halloween).

When European immigrants arrived in America each group brought their own unique Halloween customs and traditions, which eventually evolved into our own American-style holiday. It combines aspects of celebrating the end of the harvest year, the dressing up in costumes, the going door to door asking for food and money, and the supernatural. Through the years community leaders have tried to focus Halloween more on parties and celebrating the harvest than on the supernatural, but just as in ancient times, it has not been completely eliminated.

Sources:

Thompson, Sue Ellen. Holiday Symbols and Customs. Omnigraphics, Inc. Detroit. 2003.

http://www.history.com/content/halloween/real-story-of-halloween

 
 
     
 

 

 

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