In honor of Halloween, we dug up a little research on traditional Halloween festivities and fare.
In the days surrounding October 31st, many cultures developed days of recognition. All Saints Day, Day of the Dead, All Hallows' Eve, All Souls' Day, Samhain, Snap Apple Night, etc... Some are pagan celebrations, others are closely tied to religion. Many of these traditions have influenced what the US now recognizes as Halloween.
One interesting tradition was making Soul Cake to offer to the spirits. In some cultures, people believed that these cakes would nourish the souls of those on their way to the otherworld. Others believed if they did not offer food to the dead that they would impart evil onto the living. Whatever the reason, today we can enjoy Soul Cakes for what they are for sure - delicious.