Guising For Coins

Did you know trick or treating in Scotland is called guising?  Children wear disguises and carry lanterns made from scooped out turnips and go door to door for food and coins.  This tradition was first recorded in 1895 in Scotland.  Children in costume, who went from house to house, received cakes, fruit and money.

In Ireland it is a Halloween custom to bake Barmbrack.  Barmbrack is a yeasted sweet bread filled with raisins and sultanas.  The bread is filled with the following items a pea, a stick, a piece of cloth, a small coin and a ring.  The bread is sliced and the receiver of the bread will learn his fortune by seeing what item is in his slice.  The receiver of the coin will enjoy good fortune or be rich.  At one time the coin used was a silver six pence.

In England, children would dress up “going a-souling” to houses in their neighborhood and receive food and money.

Today in the United States some households give out quarters instead of the traditional candy and some dentists even pay young patients a $1.00 for every pound of candy they bring into the dental office.

If you receive coins for your treats make sure you look through them closely as sometimes a penny is worth more than just a penny.  You may find an Indian Head Penny, a Steel Penny or a Shell Casing Penny.  Maybe you will even be lucky enough to find a rare Flying Eagle Cent.


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