'It's all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus' Max ~ Hocus Pocus (the movie)
The word Halloween or Hallowe'en dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word Hallowe'en means "Saints' evening". It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows' Eve (the evening before All Hallows' Day). In Scottish dialect, the word eve is even, and this is contracted to e'en or een. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Hallowe'en.
From at least the 16th century, the festival included 'mumming' and 'guising' in Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Wales. This involved people going house-to-house in costume (or in disguise), usually reciting verses or songs in exchange for food.
The tradition of trick or treating was taken from this of course by early pilgrims in North America, who over the centuries have turned it into what we know it is today. The opportunity to get free candy! I have two American daughters in law and they absolutely love Halloween. It is above Thanksgiving and Christmas for them as far as celebrations go! They have great childhood memories of everything that goes with Halloween and I love knowing this now.
I have always been a bit of grinch (if that is even a thing for Halloween) until they joined our family and over the years I have realised that it is very much about the fun of a scare, the laughter of children, and no real obligations as far as dinners or family events are concerned! So here are some of my best Halloween-ish recipes for parties, kids treats, whatever! Get spooky this year!
“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ‘tis near Halloween.” — Unknown
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Tenina Holder is a wife, mother of five and grandmother of six, who started cooking in the olden days before Thermomix was even a thing.
Tenina has become the premium go to source for all Thermomix expertise and of course fresh and easy recipes that work. Her cooking classes and foodie trips are sold out in literally hours, her cookbooks appear on the Australian best seller lists and her social reach is in the millions. Her Insider Club is the most fun you can have with a Thermomix and you really should join her! She believes chocolate, butter and salt are health foods. Her food positivity mantra is, eat everything, just not all at once!