Carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and wearing scary costumes are now a firm part of Halloween. But its roots lie in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a Gaelic word pronounced “SAH-win”), a pagan religious celebration to welcome the harvest at the end of summer, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honour saints. Soon after, All Saints Day came to incorporate some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before All Saints Day was known as All Hallows Eve, and later, Halloween.
Halloween sweets tends to get all the attention during the spooky season, but you shouldn’t count out Halloween dinner just yet.
How about these spooktacular healthy stuffed peppers? They're perfect for a Halloween buffet or a family dinner ahead of trick-or-treating
Halloween foods are not just for kids. Here is a seriously grown-up dish that makes use of the seasonal pumpkins now available.
What says Halloween more than this gruesome creation? Made with red and green jelly, the spooky 'eyeballs' are lychees stuffed with blueberries.