Where Did the Tradition of Giving Out Treats On Halloween Come From and What Does it Symbolize?

As a challenge to Halloween, the Roman Catholic Church placed All Saints Day on November 1.

On that day, Christians went from village to village begging for soul cakes, a mixture of bread and currants.

One cake bought one prayer for the souls of the donor’s departed relatives.

The phrase “shell out” as a demand for payment comes from the shelling of dried peas or corn, once a currency of commercial exchange among the poor.

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