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IRISH HALLOWEEN CUSTOM

THE INFORMANT TELLS OF THE HALLOWEENS WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG AND HER
MOTHER WOULD HIDE THINGS IN THE MASHED POTATOES. AT DINNERTIME,
EVERYONE WOULD FIND THEIR SURPRISE (A THIMBLE, RING, ETC.--SOMETHING
THAT WOULDN'T BE EASY TO SWALLOW) AND THE LUCKY ONE WOULD FIND A
DIME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Keyword(s): GIFTS IN FOOD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- October 31 Halloween
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
Food Drink -- Typical menus for the various meals For meal hours, see F574.84. Special or festive meals

Date learned: 11-01-1969

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