Pumpkin Cookie Pops

October 26, 2017 at 9:39 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I have another Halloween Treat for all of you, Pumpkin Cookie Pops! Another Spooky Recipe off the CooksRecipes website. Check out the Cooks site and their huge recipe collection. Enjoy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Pumpkin Cookie Pops

Pumpkin Cookie PopsA fun fall treat the kids will love! American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) shares this braces-friendly Halloween recipe.

Recipe Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup canned or fresh cooked pumpkin
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pinch salt
20 wooden sticks (tongue depressors or popsicle sticks work best)

Cooking Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
2 – In a large mixing bowl, combine with electric mixer the butter, brown sugar and orange zest. Add the pumpkin, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix.
3 – Gradually add the flour and spices. Mix with your hands to create a soft dough. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
4 – Divide dough into two pieces. Roll out each piece to 1/4-inch thickness on a floured surface. Cut into pumpkin shapes with cookie cutters.
5 – Place on ungreased baking sheet and securely insert a wooden stick into the bottom half of each pumpkin cookie.
6 – Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
7 – Decorate with favorite frosting.
Makes 20 cookie pops.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/holiday/pumpkin_cookie_pops_recipe.html

Halloween Treat Recipe – Great Pumpkin Cake

October 24, 2017 at 5:29 AM | Posted in dessert | Leave a comment
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It’s all treats and no tricks with this recipe for a Great Pumpkin Cake. Linus would be so proud of this Dessert! Another good one from the CooksRecipes website. Check out Cooks for delicious and healthy recipes for Soups, Salads, Entrees, Desserts and more! Check it out today (http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html).

 

Great Pumpkin Cake
This fun and festive cake that looks like a pumpkin is the perfect treat for a Halloween party!

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (2-layer size) package cake mix – any flavor
1 (8-ounce) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
Few drops each: green, red and yellow food colorings
1 COMET cup (flat-bottom ice cream cone)

Cooking Directions:

Prepare and bake cake mix in a (12-cup) fluted tube pan as directed on package. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Remove from pan to wire rack; cool completely.
Beat cream cheese and butter in small bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy after each addition. Remove 1/2 cup of the frosting; place in small bowl. Add green food coloring; stir until well blended. Spread half of the green frosting onto outside of ice cream cone; set aside. Set remaining green frosting aside for later use.
Add red and yellow food colorings to remaining white frosting to tint it orange. Place cake, rounded-side up, on serving plate. Spread with orange frosting to resemble pumpkin. Invert ice cream cone in hole in top of cake for the “pumpkin’s stem”. Pipe the reserved green frosting in vertical lines down side of cake.*
Makes 24 servings.

*How To Pipe Frosting: Turn a resealable plastic bag into a handy piping bag for professional-looking decorated cakes. Simply spoon the frosting into the bag and seal the bag. Cut off a tiny piece from one of the bottom corners of the bag. Twist the bag at the top and holding the bag with one hand, guide the tip with the other. When you’re done, the whole bag goes right into the garbage for easy cleanup!

* For a Crowd: Serve this festive cake at your next Halloween party! Double all ingredients. Prepare batter as directed; pour half of the batter into each of two fluted tube pans. Bake and cool as directed. Trim cake tops to flatten; reserve trimmings for snacking or another use. Place one cake, rounded-side down, on serving plate. Spread with thin layer of frosting. Top with remaining cake, rounded-side up, to resemble a large pumpkin. Frost and decorate as directed. Makes 48 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/24 of recipe): Calories: 260; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 40mg; Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 31g; Protein: 2g; Sodium: 200mg.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/holiday/great_pumpkin_cake_recipe.html

Halloween Treat Recipe – Cauldron of Chili with Breadstick Bones

October 17, 2017 at 9:42 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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I have another Treat for your Halloween, Cauldron of Chili with Breadstick Bones. I found this one on the CooksRecipes website which has a huge selection of recipes. Check it out today! Enjoy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Cauldron of Chili with Breadstick Bones
Top a steaming bowl of chili with a friendly (and edible!) breadstick spider.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
2 (14.5-ounce) cans Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
2 (15-ounce) cans chili beans
1 (11-ounce) refrigerated breadsticks
1 egg white, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Shredded cheddar cheese

Cooking Directions:

1 – In 12-inch skillet, cook beef and onions over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in tomatoes and chili beans. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2 – Preheat oven to 375°F (175°C).
3 – Unroll dough; separate at perforations into 6 breadsticks. Roll each 12 inches long. Carefully tie a loose knot in both ends of each breadstick and place on a greased baking sheet.
4 – Brush breadsticks with egg white. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
5 – Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown.
6 – Top individual servings of chili with cheese; serve with warm breadstick bones.
Makes 6 servings.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/holiday/cauldron_of_chili_with_breadstick_bones_recipe.html

Halloween Treat Recipe – Chocolate Spider Web Cake

October 11, 2017 at 12:05 PM | Posted in CooksRecipes | Leave a comment
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Today’s Halloween Treat is a Chocolate Spider Web Cake. It’s a Chocolate Cake with a Spider Web design on top. You can find this recipe along with other ghoulish recipes at the CooksRecipes website. Enjoy and Eat Healthy! http://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

 

Chocolate Spider Web Cake

A spider web design puts a fun spin on chocolate cake, making it perfect for Halloween parties.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/2 cups buttermilk or sour milk*
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

ONE-BOWL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING:
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
4 to 6 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

SPIDER WEB (recipe follows) or white decorating icing in tube or can

Cooking Directions:

1 – Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Thoroughly grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
2 – Combine dry ingredients in large bowl; add eggs, shortening, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat on low-speed of mixer 1 minute, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high-speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into prepared pans.
3 – Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
4 – Frost with ONE-BOWL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING. Immediately pipe or drizzle SPIDER WEB in 4 or 5 concentric circles on top of cake. Using a knife or wooden pick, immediately draw 8 to 10 lines from center to edges of cake at regular intervals to form web. Garnish with a “spider”, using a caramel, licorice and other candies.
Makes 12 servings

*To sour milk: Use 4 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 1/2 cups.

FOR ONE-BOWL BUTTERCREAM FROSTING: Beat butter; add powdered sugar and cocoa alternately with milk, beating to spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups frosting.

SPIDER WEB: Place 1/2 cup HERSHEY’S Premier White Chips and 1/2 teaspoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil) in small heavy seal-top plastic bag. Microwave at HIGH (100%) 45 seconds. Squeeze gently. If necessary, microwave an additional 10 to 15 seconds; squeeze until chips are melted. Make small diagonal cut in one bottom corner of bag; squeeze mixture onto cake as directed.

http://www.cooksrecipes.com/hershey%27s_recipes/holiday_recipes/chocolate_spider_web_cake_recipe.html

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 8, 2017 at 5:10 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Some Pumpkin carving hints……..

 

* Choose one that is fresh, with a sturdy stem, no bruises and a flat bottom so it won’t roll.
* A lighter color means softer flesh that’s easier to carve in detail.
* For cutting out the lid, you might want a larger carving knife or even a serrated knife.
* Scrape the inside of the pumpkin completely to expose the light-colored flesh, which reflects more light.
* For long-term storage, put a thin amount of petroleum jelly on the exposed, sawed edges. This prevents water from getting out. If water gets

Halloween Poke Cake

October 28, 2016 at 9:31 AM | Posted in baking, dessert | 1 Comment
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I’m passing along the perfect cake for your Halloween Party, Halloween Poke Cake. I found this version on the Kraft website (http://www.kraftrecipes.com/). Check the Kraft website out for any recipe that you may be looking for! Happy Halloween!

 

Halloween Poke Cake

What You Need
1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
1 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O Orange Flavor GelatinKraft 2
1/2 cup cold water

1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
1/2 tsp. yellow food coloring
1/4 tsp. red food coloring
3 Tbsp. Halloween sprinkles

Make It
1 – Prepare cake batter and bake in 13×9-inch pan as directed on package. Cool cake in pan 15 min. Pierce cake with large fork at 1/2-inch intervals.
2 – Add boiling water to gelatin mix in small bowl; stir 2 min. until completely dissolved. Stir in cold water; pour over cake. Refrigerate 3 hours.
3 – Tint COOL WHIP with food colorings; spread onto cake. Refrigerate 1 hour. Decorate with sprinkles just before serving.

Kitchen Hints
How to Thaw COOL WHIP
* Place unopened 8-oz. tub of whipped topping in refrigerator for 4 hours. Do not thaw in microwave.
Substitute
* Prepare using COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping.
Substitute
* If orange food coloring is available, use that instead of the yellow and red food colorings. Add enough drops of food coloring until frosting is of desired shade.
Nutritional Information
Serving Size 16 servings
AMOUNT PER SERVING
Calories 220
Total fat 8g
Saturated fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 230mg
Carbohydrate 34g
Dietary fiber 0g
Sugars 22g
Protein 2
http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/halloween-poke-cake-53886.aspx

Happy Halloween All!

October 31, 2014 at 5:40 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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27 Pumpkin Desserts Beyond Basic Pie

November 1, 2013 at 11:10 AM | Posted in Delish | 4 Comments
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When it’s the Fall time of the year you think of pumpkins, as does the Delish web site with 27 Pumpkin Desserts Beyond Basic Pie. You can get them all by clicking the link at the bottom of the page. Enjoy!

 

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27 Pumpkin Desserts Beyond Basic Pie
It’s that time of year again, when we try to pack in the pumpkin sweets before the spring thaw wipes every menu in town clean of anything pumpkin spice. But why should pumpkin be pigeon-holed to just pie and lattes? It makes for a delicate and delicious ingredient in a range of desserts. Break with tradition by trying a new take on this fall favorite — we’ve got everything from personal parfaits to pumpkin pie variations to satisfy that seasonal craving.

 

 

Pumpkin Mousse

Layers of snow-white whipped cream and spiced pumpkin mousse create a festive dessert for the holiday season. Top with chocolate curls for an elegant presentation……

 

 
Pumpkin Cream Pie

If you’re planning on making this for Thanksgiving, start it early in the day. The pie needs four hours to set, but the refrigerator does just about all the work……

 

 

* Click the link below for all the recipe details!

 

http://www.delish.com/recipes/cooking-recipes/beyond-pie-pumpkin-desserts?src=nl&mag=del&list=nl_djd_fds_non_103113_pumpkin-desserts#slide-1

Pumpkin Pudding

October 31, 2013 at 9:28 AM | Posted in baking, dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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There’s always room for Pudding. Especially when its Diabetic Friendly! From the Diabetic Gourmet web site which is stocked full of healthy and Diabetic Friendly recipes and ideas, the link is at the bottom of the page. Enjoy and Happy Halloween!

 

 

Pumpkin Pudding

Yield: 4 servings.
Serving size: 1/2 cup

Ingredients

1 (16 oz.) can pumpkin
2 cup skim milk
2 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
Dash of salt
1 tsp. vanilla
4 to 5 packets of sugar substitute, or to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 425F.
Blend all ingredients.
Spoon into a casserole bowl
Bake at 425F for 15 minutes.
Lower heat to 350F and bake another 40 minutes
Garnish with chopped walnuts, if desired.
Nutritional Information Per Serving
Calories: 125 ; Protein: 8 g ; Fat: 3 g ; Sodium: 140 mg;
Cholesterol: 96 mg ; Dietary Fiber: 3.5 g ; Carbohydrates: 16 g

 

http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/Holidays_and_Special_Occasions/Halloween/

Trick or Treat

October 31, 2013 at 9:26 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Two children trick-or-treating on Halloween

Two children trick-or-treating on Halloween

Trick-or-treating or guising is a customary practice for children on Halloween in many countries. Children in costumes travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy (or, in some cultures, money) with the question “Trick or treat?“. The “trick” is a (usually idle) threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given to them.
In North America, trick-or-treating has been a customary Halloween tradition since the late 1940s, starting in Anoka, Minnesota. It typically happens between 5:30pm and 9:30pm[1] on October 31, although some municipalities choose other dates. Homeowners wishing to participate in it sometimes decorate their private entrances with artificial spider webs, plastic skeletons and jack-o-lanterns. Some rather reluctant homeowners would simply leave the candy in bowls on the porch, others might be more participative and would even ask an effort from the children in order to provide them with candy. In the more recent years, however, the practice has spread to almost any house within a neighborhood being visited by children, including senior residences and condominiums.
The tradition of going from door to door receiving food already existed in Great Britain and Ireland in the form of “souling”, where children and poor people would sing and say prayers for the dead in return for cakes. Guising—children disguised in costumes going from door to door for food and coins—also predates trick or treat, and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895, where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. While going from door to door in disguise has remained popular among Scots and Irish, the North American custom of saying “trick or treat” has recently become common. The activity is prevalent in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Puerto Rico, and northwestern and central Mexico. In the latter, this practice is called calaverita (Spanish for “little skull”), and instead of “trick or treat”, the children ask ¿me da mi calaverita? (“can you give me my little skull?”); where a calaverita is a small skull made of sugar or chocolate.

 

 
The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays dates back to the Middle Ages and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain, although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy. Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of “puling [whimpering or whining] like a beggar at Hallowmas.” The custom of wearing costumes and masks at Halloween goes back to Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or placate them, in Scotland for instance where the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white.
Guising at Halloween in Scotland is recorded in 1895, where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. The practice of Guising at Halloween in North America is first recorded in 1911, where a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario reported children going “guising” around the neighborhood.
American historian and author Ruth Edna Kelley of Massachusetts wrote the first book length history of the holiday in the US; The Book of Hallowe’en (1919), and references souling in the chapter “Hallowe’en in America”;
The taste in Hallowe’en festivities now is to study old traditions, and hold a Scotch party, using Burn’s poem Hallowe’en as a guide; or to go a-souling as the English used. In short, no custom that was once honored at Hallowe’en is out of fashion now.
Kelley lived in Lynn, Massachusetts, a town with 4,500 Irish immigrants, 1,900 English immigrants, and 700 Scottish immigrants in 1920. In her book, Kelley touches on customs that arrived from across the Atlantic; “Americans have fostered them, and are making this an occasion something like what it must have been in its best days overseas. All Hallowe’en customs in the United States are borrowed directly or adapted from those of other countries”.
While the first reference to “guising” in North America occurs in 1911, another reference to ritual begging on Halloween appears, place unknown, in 1915, with a third reference in Chicago in 1920.
The earliest known use in print of the term “trick or treat” appears in 1927, from Blackie, Alberta:
Hallowe’en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun. No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc., much of which decorated the front street. The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.

The thousands of Halloween postcards produced between the start of the 20th century and the 1920s commonly show children but do not depict trick-or-treating. The editor of a collection of over 3,000 vintage Halloween postcards writes, “There are cards which mention the custom [of trick-or-treating] or show children in costumes at the doors, but as far as we can tell they were printed later than the 1920s and more than likely even the 1930s. Tricksters of various sorts are shown on the early postcards, but not the means of appeasing them”. Trick-or-treating does not seem to have become a widespread practice until the 1930s, with the first U.S. appearances of the term in 1934, and the first use in a national publication occurring in 1939.

 

 
Almost all pre-1940 uses of the term “trick-or-treat” are from the western United States and Canada. Trick-or-treating spread from the western United States eastward, stalled by sugar rationing that began in April 1942 during World War II and did not end until June 1947.
Early national attention to trick-or-treating was given in October 1947 issues of the children’s magazines Jack and Jill and Children’s Activities, and by Halloween episodes of the network radio programs The Baby Snooks Show in 1946 and The Jack Benny Show and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in 1948. Trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip in 1951. The custom had become firmly established in popular culture by 1952, when Walt Disney portrayed it in the cartoon Trick or Treat, and Ozzie and Harriet were besieged by trick-or-treaters on an episode of their television show. In 1953 UNICEF first conducted a national campaign for children to raise funds for the charity while trick-or-treating.
Although some popular histories of Halloween have characterized trick-or-treating as an adult invention to rechannel Halloween activities away from vandalism, there are very few records supporting it. Des Moines, Iowa is the only area known to have a record of trick-or-treating being used to deter crime. Elsewhere, adults, as reported in newspapers from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, typically saw it as a form of extortion, with reactions ranging from bemused indulgence to anger. Likewise, as portrayed on radio shows, children would have to explain what trick-or-treating was to puzzled adults, and not the other way around. Sometimes even the children protested: for Halloween 1948, members of the Madison Square Boys Club in New York City carried a parade banner that read “American Boys Don’t Beg.” The National Confectioners Association reported in 2005 that 80 percent of adults in the United States planned to give out confectionery to trick-or-treaters, and that 93 percent of children, teenagers, and young adults planned to go trick-or-treating or participating in other Halloween activities. In 2008, Halloween candy, costumes and other related products accounted for $5.77 billion in revenue.

 

 
Some organizations around the US sponsor a “Trunk-or-Treat” on Halloween night (or on occasion, a day immediately preceding Halloween), where trick-or-treating is done from parked car to parked car in a local parking lot, often at a church house. The trunk of one’s car is opened, displaying candy, and often sometimes games and decorations. Concerned parents see it as safer for their children,[citation needed] while other parents see it as an easier alternative to walking the neighborhood with their kids. Opponents frown upon the Trunk-or-Treat as violation of the tradition of walking door-to-door on Halloween, and as exclusion of children that do not belong to these groups and thus are not informed about them. Some have called for more city or community group-sponsored Trunk-or-Treats, so they can be more inclusive. Many neighborhoods see a large reduction in door-to-door trick-or-treating because of a competing Trunk-or-Treat. These have become increasingly popular over the years especially in conservative states like Utah, and are catching on around Midwest and Southern states.
Churches are expanding on the original idea of trunk or treat by adding food, music, games and rides. Their goal is to reach more of the community with an alternative to trick or treat. It not only has become a way to provide an alternative for children in the church but to the entire community. They have also found that it opens up opportunities to invite parents and children to other events or services going on at the church. A number of churches have started handing out Halloween Christian tracts or other information on the church.

 

 

Magazine advertisement in 1962

Magazine advertisement in 1962

In Portugal children go from house to house in All Saints day and All Souls Day, carrying pumpkin carved lanterns called coca, asking every one they see for Pão-por-Deus singing rimes where they remind people why they are begging, saying “[…]It is for me and for you, and to give to the deceased who are dead and buried[…]” or “[…]It is to share with your deceased […]” If a door is not open or the children don’t get anything, they end their singing saying “[…]In this house smells like lard, here must live someone deceased”. In the Azores the bread given to the children takes the shape of the top of a skull. The tradition of pão-por-Deus was already recorded in the 15th century. After this ritual begging, takes place the Magusto and big bonfires are lit with the “firewood of the souls”. The young people play around smothering their faces with the ashes. The ritual begging for the deceased used to take place all over the year as in several regions the dead, those who were dear, were expected to arrive and take part in the major celebrations like Christmas and a plate with food or a seat at the table was always left for them.
In some parts of Canada, children sometimes say “Halloween apples” instead of “trick or treat.” This probably originated when the toffee apple was a popular type of candy. Apple-giving in much of Canada, however, has been taboo since the 1960s when stories (of almost certainly questionable authenticity) appeared of razors hidden inside Halloween apples; parents began to check over their children’s “loot” for safety before allowing them to eat it. In Quebec, children also go door to door on Halloween. However, in French speaking neighbourhoods, instead of “Trick or treat?”, they will simply say “Halloween”, though in tradition it used to be La charité s’il-vous-plaît (“Charity, please”).
In some parts of Ohio, Iowa, Massachusetts and other states, the night designated for trick-or-treating is referred to as Beggars Night, and in some communities it is held on a night prior to Halloween itself.

In Sweden children dress up as witches and go trick-or-treating on Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) while Danish children dress up in various attires and go trick-or-treating on Fastelavn (or the next day, Shrove Monday). In Norway “trick-or-treat” is called “knask eller knep”, which means almost the same thing, although with the word order reversed, and the practice is quite common among children, who come dressed up to people’s doors asking for, mainly, candy. Many Norwegians prepare for the event by consciously buying a small stock of sweets prior to it, to come in handy should any kids come knocking on the door, which is very probable in most areas. The Easter witch tradition is done on Palm Sunday in Finland. In parts of Flanders and some parts of the Netherlands and most areas of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, children go to houses with home made beet lanterns or with paper lanterns (which can hold a candle or electronic light), singing songs about St. Martin on St. Martin’s Day (the 11th of November), in return for treats. In Northern Germany and Southern Denmark children dress up in costumes and go trick-or-treating on New Year’s Eve in a tradition called “Rummelpott”.
Children of the St. Louis, Missouri area are expected to perform a joke, usually a simple Halloween-themed pun or riddle, before receiving any candy; this “trick” earns the “treat”. Children in Des Moines, Iowa also tell jokes or otherwise perform before receiving their treat. Des Moines trick-or-treating is also unusual in that it is actually done the night before Halloween, known locally as “Beggars’ Night”.
In many areas of the United States it is frowned upon for teenagers to trick-or-treat. In fact, several US cities have banned trick-or-treaters older than 12 from participating in the event.

 

 

 

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