What is sure is that Halloween is a celebration that inspires fear and it is characterized by a deep sense of mystery that generates fear. However children love this party, perhaps it is due to its fascinations. It is an occasion to exorcize personal fears and laugh at them.
If we want to tell our children the story of this celebration, we can narrate that in bygone days in a country called Ireland the ancient people of Celts believed that on the night of the 31st of October spirits wandered undisturbed through the Earth and dressing up monstrous masks was the only way to push them away, and they left sweets outside the door to appease them.
It’s plenty of legends and curiosities related to Halloween that we can tell children; for example the Jack ‘o Lantern legend tells that the protagonist, after being expelled from hell, started wandering through the world with a turnip with a burning brand into that he used as a lantern. On this basis, the first representations of Jack were made using turnips, beets and potatoes.
Turnips light also had the task to drive bad spirits out and they were put at the entrance of houses. How did we pass from turnip to pumpkins? It is just a practical reason: when the first British people reached America, they found giant pumpkins and they replaced turnips with pumpkins.
Besides telling our little children stories and legends about this celebration we can also prepare with them this simple and delicious “monstrous” sweets.
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Ingredients for 16 little spiders
12.3 oz cereal cookies
5.3 oz dark chocolate
2 tbs cocoa
1 tbs acacia honey
2 Nergi packets
3 liquorice wheels
32 little meringues
Chocolate sprinkles q.s.
Mix until the mixture becomes homogeneous and quite thick, if it is necessary, add some cookies
Put the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes
In the meantime prepare the paws: unroll the liquorice wheels, split in half the liquorice thread and cut 128 little pieces (almost 4 cm).
Once the time has expired take the dough, roll one ball, crush a little bit on one side in order to shape the head, then with a stick make 4 holes on each side of the little spider, put some liquorice pieces in each hole.
Then apply the sprinkles, put two little meringues to form the eyes with a drop of chocolate in the centre to draw the pupils. Finally use the sugar butterfly to create the little tongue and let it cool.