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Have you ever wondered how ghosts, goblins, black cats, witches and haunted houses became associated with our October holiday? Or where the tradition of handing out candy to children originated?

Halloween can be traced back more than 2,000 years.

The color orange is associated with the Fall harvest and black with darkness and death.

Jack o’ Lanterns originated in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts.

Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.

The ancient Celts thought that spirits and ghosts roamed the countryside on Halloween night. They wore masks and costumes to hide their facial features.

Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States. Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America. Chocolate candy bars top the list as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers as the most popular.

Sugar rationing during World War II put a halt to trick-or-treating.

Going house-to-house collecting food originated in 16th century Britain and Ireland, and Halloween as we know it began in the United States a century ago.

Origin of the term 'trick or treat' is unknown but the phrase became popular by 1951, when trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip.

The most popular children's costumes are Batman and princess dresses.

Halloween is the second biggest holiday after Christmas.

Bobbing for apples originated from the roman harvest festival that honors 'Pamona' the goddess of fruit trees.

Black cats were believed to protect the power of witches.

[Sources: Halloween-website.com;Goodhousekeeping.com; Wikipedia]


These cookies were decorated in only two steps: ice and sand. I was tempted to add some detail but preferred the Batman-type, silhouette effect. The mini size is just right for the kiddies.


Bat Cookies
Mini Bat Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Dark Gray with AmeriColor Super Black AmeriColor Regal Purple
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
CK Sanding Sugar (Black, Silver, Purple)

Outline cookie with gray icing. Flood cookie with gray icing.

Sprinkle with sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess.

Let dry overnight.





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5 comments:

  1. Great post, Aunt Joan! Pat

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  2. GREAT LOOKING COOKIES!
    Chicago Kat

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  3. I like the colors and the sugar topping. These will be perfect for my daughter's Halloween party at school. Andi

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