Irish and Scottish immigrants carried versions of the tradition to North America in the nineteenth century. Other western countries embraced the holiday in the late twentieth century including Ireland, the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom as well as Australia and New Zealand.
A large tub of water with apples in it floating on the surface. Players must try to catch one only using their mouth!!
Why is it play?
Because hundreds of years ago, people thought that if you did it, then peeled the apple in one piece and threw it over your shoulder it would land in the shape of the first letter of your true love’s name.
The first Halloween celebrations in America included "play parties," public events held to celebrate the harvest, where neighbours would share stories of the dead, tell each other's fortunes, dance, and sing. Colonial Halloween festivities also featured the telling of ghost stories and mischief-making of all kinds.