Old Fashioned Halloween Celebrations

Old Fashioned Halloween Celebrations
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halloweenI remember Halloween Trick or Treating back when everyone knew their neighbors, and we felt safe enough to give each other homemade treats. While it's not a good idea to give or take homemade items when it's people you don't personally know, it is fun to plan a homemade Halloween party for your own kids, grand kids or neighbors. Try to keep everything homemade, allowing the kids to decorate. Black and orange construction paper will be enough to get started. Looking through vintage cookbooks and magazines is a great way to find old fashioned party and treat ideas. Moms didn't run to Wal-Mart and pick up decorations and food, but instead had to be thrifty and creative with party ideas and food.
 
The first book I found tips in was the Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook from 1950. A small notation was included on "Parties for October".
 
"After dark, fete your party guests with supper or dinner served in traditional holiday manner. Use an orange or black tablecloth. If orange is used, place a runner of black crepe paper down the length of the table. In the center of this place a huge pumpkin carved with a grinning face and lighted from the inside by a candle. Small pumpkins with similar carving and also holding candles may be set at each end of the table. Hallowed pumpkins filled with trailing green vines and bittersweet, flanked by paper figures of black cats and witches riding their broomsticks may be used effectively. Smaller cat or witch figurines may be set at each plate for favors. If you are fortunate enough to own a polished brass bowl, fill it with bittersweet or late fall flowers, and place it in the center of the table."
 
I also found a recipe for Halloween popcorn balls in the 1944 edition of The Good Housekeeping Cook Book.
 
Caramel Popcorn (Basic Recipe)
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
3 quarts popped corn
 
Heat the granulated sugar in a saucepan, stirring constantly until it is melted, and of a golden brown color. Add the hot water very carefully to avoid spattering, and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the brown sugar, and cook to 238 degrees F., or until a little of the syrup dropped in cold water forms a soft ball. Pour over the popped corn which has been slightly salted, stirring until corn is well coated. Serve hot or cold. Or immediately form into balls.
 
For Hallowe'en: form into balls, shape like ears of corn, wrap in waxed paper, and then in green crepe paper, tying them to look like ears of corn. Makes 18.
 
I also found a neat recipe in my Good Housekeeping's Book of Recipes, and Household Discoveries from 1926, that is perfect for Halloween and Autumn.
 
Apple Tree Dulcet
 
Ingredients:
1/2 glass apple jelly
1 cupful boiling water
1 quart sweet cider
speck nutmeg
egg-white
sprigs mint
 
Whip the apple jelly to a froth and beat in slowly the boiling water. Add the sweet cider and nutmeg. Chill before serving. Top each glass with a dot of egg-white stiffly beaten and garnish with a sprig of mint.
 
Note: With all the egg scares, I would use whipped cream rather than whipping an egg-white.
 
Challenge your guests to create a Halloween costume without going to the store for supplies.  It takes a lot of creative thinking to use what you already have around the house to make a costume.  The creating is half the fun.

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About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.

 
 

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