Halloween traditionally includes several games. Some of these games were introduced for teens as divination or fortune-telling, especially in connection with death, marriage, and children. Such statues were made “very few” in rural communities during the Middle Ages as they were considered “deadly” practices. Such divination games have been a “regular feature of house celebrations” in Ireland and Britain in recent decades.
Apples and hazelnuts are often involved here. Apples are strongly associated with another world and immortality in Celtic mythology while hazelnuts are associated with divine wisdom. Others suggested that in commemorating Pomona, they had left Rome.
At the age of 17 and 20, the following activities were typical of Halloween in Ireland and the UK.
Some have expanded, and some are still popular today. One common game is breaking an apple or pulling down where apple land in a bathtub or a large container of water and participants have to use only their teeth to pull the apple out of the bat. Another common practice involves hanging a rope with barbed wire or a folded scale; this should be eaten without the use of hands while remaining attached to the cord, a function that definitely leads to a sticky surface. Another popular one-time game involves hanging a small wooden stick on the roof, with a candlelit on one side and an apple hanging from the other.
The rod is folded and everyone takes turns trying to catch the apple with their teeth.
Some of the traditional activities from Ireland and Britain include predicting a future spouse or future spouse. An apple was decorated with a single long string, and the leaf was thrown over the shoulder. It is thought that the page will appear in the first letter of your spouse’s name.
Two hazelnuts would be boiled near the fire; one was named after the person they were dating and the other was named after the person they wished for. If the nuts run away from the fire, it’s a bad sign, but when the nuts are roasted quietly it predicts a good game. Baked bannock with oatmeal can be baked; the man would bite himself three times, and then he would sleep quietly and not drink anything.
This is said to be the result of a dream in which they are given a drink by their future spouse to quench their thirst. Unmarried women are told that they face of their future husband will appear in the mirror when they sit in a dark room looking at the mirror on Halloween night. If they were destined to die earlier marriage, a skull would make. In Ireland and Scotland, items would be hidden in food – usually, cake, bar, cranachan, champ or colcannon – and some portions were made without appearing. A person’s future was to be determined by what they received; for example, a ring symbolized marriage and a coin symbolized wealth.