Happy Halloween from all of us at Gookie Dough! We hope you're having a spooktacular day, whether this is creeping up on your friends, dressing up or simply trick or treating with the kids and getting to eat all of their sweets while they're in bed! So, grab your MONSTER tub of Gookie Dough and light your pumpkin as we discuss Halloween history.
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Why celebrate Halloween?
It's thought that Halloween started with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain where people would wear costumes and roam to ward off ghosts. However, it's down to Pope Gregory III in the eighth century as to why we celebrate it.
Samhain means 'snow in' and marks the end of summer, Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundaries between the living and the dead become muddled up. Based on tradition, people would wear costumes such as animal skins and things on their head and would try and tell each other's fortunes. By 43 AD the Roman Empire had conquered Celtic territory, and over the years, they combined their festivals with the Celtics.
The first festival was called Feralia where Romans would reflect on the dead. The second was Pomona which is the goddess of fruits and trees. The symbol for this is an apple which leads to why 'apple bobbing' is a thing today. Then Christianity added praying for the dead.
The Pope made November 1st as a time to honour the saints, hence why it is called All Saints Day. The day took on some Samhain traditions and the evening became known as All Hallows Eve (Halloween). November 2nd is All Souls Day where the dead are remembered. The tradition was based on the idea of a stage between heaven and hell. This begins the 'month of the dead'. Lovely.
Over time, the tradition has taken twists and turns and is now best known for children dressing up, pumpkins and masks to scare others. The tradition made its way to America, and by the 19th century, with an influx of immigrants, Halloween took the country by storm. Americans would visit their neighbours and ask for food, hence trick or treating.
The end. Next on your list? Get the duvet, put on the worst horror you can think of and grab a pillow for comfort. Don't forget to lock the doors! HAPPY HALLOWEEN, GOOKIE MONSTERS.
Get your slime on this Halloween with these easy but spooky recipes you can make from the comfort of your own home. If you really want to celebrate in style then this slime soup is definitely worth your time. Don't have a dessert? Just add green food colouring to some Gookie Dough and you've got some creepy cookies too! Not only is this soup in the Halloween spirit but it also contains delicious veggies.
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You will need:
500g of frozen peas
One spring onion
750ml of boiling water
Vegetable stock concentrate to taste or as a stock cube
One ball of mozzarella
Firstly, cook the frozen peas and spring onion in the boiling water with the stock until tender and cooked through. Remove and get rid of the spring onion once the peas are soft enough to be blitzed into a soup.
Chop up your mozzarella roughly and pop it into the blender. Blend n three batches, pouring the vile green and slimy soup into the pan and heating gently to melt the cheese and peas better together.
The stringiness of the cheese and the yucky snot colour of the veggies make this a simple but spooky dish which is perfect for your witches and wizards. The soup should make up to one litre which is enough for the kids and you, depending on how many sweets you've already gotten through! Just remember your Gookie Dough dessert. *Adapted from Nigella.com*
The spooktacular month is still with us, and we couldn't be happier. Whether you're indulging on pumpkin spice lattes or candy corn is your kind of thing, we're all food satisfied (as long as there's Gookie Dough). So, what is Halloween like around the world? Where did it all come from and what celebrations are involved? Find out right here!
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Where did it start?
The tradition stemmed from Ireland, and it's celebrated as madly there as America. Bonfires were lit centuries ago all over the country and children would dress up and spend time trick-or-treating. Games were played including 'snap apple' which is where an apple on a string is tied to a doorframe or tree, and you have to attempt to bite the hanging apple (a bit like apple bobbing). Parents would often do treasure hunts with candy, and the Irish would play a card game where cards are face down with candy or coins underneath them, and you choose a card and win the prize underneath it.
Food that was popular at the time was barnbrack which is a fruitcake that can be bought or baked at home. A muslin-wrapped treat is baked inside of the cake, and it can 'tell the future'. If a ring is found, the person will marry, if a piece of straw then a good year is on the way.
Belgians believe that black cats are unlucky and should never cross your path. On Halloween night, people light candles in memory of their dead relatives.
In Hong Kong
Halloween is known as 'Yue Lan' in Hong Kong which means the festival of hungry ghosts. It is believed that spirits roam the world for these 24 hours. Some people will burn pictures of fruit or money in the hope that it will bring comfort to ghosts. Fires are lit, and food and gifts are offered to angry spirits who may seek revenge.
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In Sweden, Halloween is celebrated from October 31st till November 6th. Halloween also has an eve which is celebrated or becomes a shortened working day.
Germans tend to put away their knives on Halloween night because they don't want to risk harm to or from returning spirits.
There is a festival similar to Halloween which is called 'Chusok'. Families will thank their ancestors for the fruits of their labour and will pay respect to them by visiting graves. However, this takes place in August.
Spooked enough? Where would you rather live during Halloween? We'll stick to dressing up like a skeleton and munching on Gookie Dough! *Facts adapted from pumpkinpatchesandmore.org*