Happy Hallowe’en

It seems, that in 1907, at least, Hallowe’en was a holiday just for boys.  I’m not sure if girls were too delicate, too ladylike, or just too chicken to participate, but Annie R. Gregory (who was assisted by one thousand homekeepers) limits her party ideas to just boys.

She states “Boys will be far less apt to carry off the clothes-posts, unhinge the gates, and make night hideous, if you give them a party in keeping with the occasion – a party where tin horns form the first course at the dinner-table  –  where colored paper napkins, folded to represent the “jack-be-nimble” and “jack-be-quicks,” “toads,”  “monkeys,” and “parrots”; where paper caps adorn the head and where jack-lanterns adorn the room.  Such an evening makes glad even the heart of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben.  And so, why not the boys?”

No mention at all of the little girls, who were probably busy learning to sew, cook and knit with the Mary Frances books.

The suggested menu is as follows:


Bouillon, de Jolly Boys


Kindergarten Crackers

Turtle Sandwiches

Little Pigs in Blankets

Orange Jelly

Olives a la Natural History

Sugar Off, with maple syrup

Nut Cartoons


Turtle Sandwiches

The Turtle Sandwich recipe is provided by Mrs. A.E. Fowler, and they are essentially just square, crusts-removed sandwiches with any filling desired – meat, cheese, nut, or fruit, with bits of pickle for the feet and the tail, and a thin piece of a small carrot cut crosswise for a head.

Mrs. Fowler, it seems, enjoyed making fiddly little animals out of her food.  She is also responsible for the Olives a la Natural History:  “Take the desired number of olives and into one side stick four cloves and at the end another and you have a partially constructed animal representing an ant-eater.  Now add another clove for the head, and on the end put a bit of another olive, and you have the animal complete and standing on his feet.  The back can be decorated as fancy dictates.  According to the arrangement and length of the feet, head, and tail, other animals, and even birds can be made.  (Fine for children’s parties.)”

The Little Pigs in Blankets are oysters, rolled in crumbs, then wrapped in bacon and fried.  That one sounds good!

Mrs. D.Z. Brooks’ Nut Cartoons are an assortment of nuts, painted in “fantastic styles” to look like little people, “white, black, and mongolian” and then dressed costumes.  Sorry, Mrs. Brooks, too much hassle for me!!

Spiders, while not specifically mentioned in the menu, also seem fitting for Hallowe’en.  Emma Wolf instructs us to “Make a noodle dough, cut in shape, and fry it in hot lard.  Sprinkle powdered sugar over them when done.”

20161027_111404-01.jpegI hope that these recipes give you some ideas for this Hallowe’en, and I also hope that you’re a bit more inclusive, and let the girls join in the fun!

These recipes and party ideas come from Woman’s Favourite Cook Book, by Annie R. Gregory, in 1907.

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