Halloween Party Traditions & Eye Ball Cupcakes
Okay before I get in to fun Halloween Traditions that will have your kids screaming with delight instead of fright, lets just share this quick and easy yucky blood shot eye ball recipe. Because we make these every year.
What you will need to make 24 very sleep eyeball cupcakes
Serving Size: 1 cupcake
- 1 package (2-layer size) red velvet cake mix
- 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract, I usually use McCormick
- 1 container (16 ounces) cream cheese frosting
- Wilton Assorted Food Colors
- Assorted decorations, such as red ring-shaped candies or gum drops and black candy-coated pieces for pupils, eye ball gummy as shown etc.
- Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding vanilla to batter.
- Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Cool cupcakes on wire rack.
- Frost cupcakes. Place a ring-shaped candy or sliced gum drop in the middle of each cupcake for the iris. Attach a candy-coated piece with some frosting for the pupil. Using a toothpick, draw “bloodshot” lines in the white frosting using Wilton Halloween red blood Gel. Or, tint any remaining white frosting red with red food color. Spoon frosting into small resealable plastic bag. Snip a small corner from bag. Pipe frosting to create the bloodshot lines.
Okay now that is easy and fun!
So how about a little holiday history, Did you know, Halloween as we know it today dates back to the early 20th century. The holiday was relatively obscure in late 19th century America. It was brought to the country by Irish and Scottish immigrants, combining the features of the Celtic and Christian holidays, and celebrated with feasting, divination, and mischief making.
So what Halloween traditions does your family plan ? If you have a tradition leave it in the comments and if we use your idea in our new book HOLIDAY HOSTESS you will receive credit and mention.
People had been carving gourds or pumpkins and using them as lanterns long before this practice was associated with Halloween. In 1850, for example, mentioned the practice of his boyhood in “The Pumpkin”: “When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, / Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!”
We don’t know exactly when and why these lanterns became associated with Halloween in particular, though we do know it was in North America. But by the start of the 20th century, the connection was firmly established.
Hit the Road, Jack
The name “Jack-o’-lantern” has changed in meaning several times. It was first recorded as a nickname for a night watchman, dating back to 1663. Around the same time, it was used as another name for a will o the whisp. It began to be used for pumpkin lanterns sometime in the 19th century. It’s possible that the name simply went from the night watchman (a man holding a lantern) to the lantern itself.
On the other hand, an Irish legend tells of a miserly man named Jack who, while alive, tricked the Devil into agreeing not to take him into Hell. Upon his death, St. Peter wouldn’t let Jack into Heaven, because he had been too stingy and sinful. The Devil wouldn’t let him into Hell because of the deal they’d made. Jack was condemned to wander between Heaven and Hell with his lantern, looking for a place to rest and never finding one.
In late 18th century America, Halloween was a night for mischief and pranks. Boys would make “tick-tacks,” cutting notches in the ends of a wooden spool and winding string around it. The spool would be placed right up against a window, with a nail serving as an axle. When the string was pulled, it made a loud and rapid “tick-tack” noise. Other noisy and startling practices involved throwing corn and decaying vegetables at houses.
While this was considered innocent fun, some pranksters began to go too far, especially with the move from country life to city life. News stories tell of students being expelled from schools, gangs of youths roaming through town covering people in flour, buildings being blown up, and so on.
Trick or Treat!
The general practice of going door-to-door for treats is clearly similar to a much older practice, “souling,” in which the poor would go from house to house begging for alms or food. However, the specific practice of “trick-or-treating” dates to around the 1930s. It is possible—though by no means certain—that it evolved as an antidote for the increasingly rowdy and costly Halloween pranks. It provided a healthier activity for the young and gave them an incentive not to play tricks.
We could easily make something up about the origins of Halloween costumes. We could say that people originally dressed as ghosts and witches to scare people, and that the practice eventually spread to include costumes of all sorts. But the fact is that we don’t actually know where Halloween costumes came from, only that the practice, like trick-or-treating, appears to have begun in early 20th century America.
Thanks to infoplease.com for the history lesson.