In Ireland, where Halloween originated, the day is still celebrated much as it in the United States. In rural areas, bonfires are lit as they were in the days of Celts, and all over country, children get dressed up in costumes and spend the evening trick and treating in their neighborhoods. After trick or treating, most people attend parties with neighbors and friends. At the parties many foods are cooked and the party is decorated very well.
A traditional food eaten on Halloween is barn back, a kind of fruitcake that can be bought in stores or baked at home. A muslin wrapped treat is baked inside the cake that, it is said, can forget the eater’s future. If a ring is found, it means that the persons will soon be wed; a piece of straw means that a prosperous year is on its way. Children knock on the doors of their neighbors, but run away before the door is opened.