Halloween cookies are a must-have part of the holiday season. Sure, everyone knows that Halloween candy is an essential, but let’s not overlook the cookie. They’re delicious, they’re fun to make, and they’re edible art! What’s not to love!?
And while we’re on the subject, let’s just talk about the awesomeness that is Halloween. A holiday really just for dressing up, partying and eating treats? Yes, please! But it didn’t start that way. It was actually a seasonal tradition in the pagan religion. History.com tells us that Halloween has origins that date back 2000 years when the Celts held an ancient festival called Samhain. It was a New Year’s Eve, of sorts, as the Celts celebrated their new year on November 1.
Halloween marked the end of the harvest season for the Celts, and the beginning of the cold harsh winter. Since they didn’t have a lot of seasonal accommodations we do today, that meant a lot of inevitable deaths looming. The Celts believed that the eve before their new year was when a lot of the dead returned to Earth. As part of the festivities, they lit bonfires to invite warmth in the winter months.
They also wore costumes to ward off evil spirits. Traditionally the costumes were made of animal heads and skins. Before you judge, they didn’t have much to choose from. I’m sure it was at least a day’s travel to the near Spirit Halloween store. So the tradition of costumes did begin as a way to scare off spirits. Not sure when or where we turned them into excuses to put our kiddos in cute little Disney dresses. Cause that isn’t scaring anyone.
Whatever costume you don this year, these festive cookies may or may not scare the guests of your Halloween party, but they’ll definitely make an impression.
–Wendy Rush, 96.3KKLZ Las Vegas