In the 18th century, on Halloween, women played different games through which they believed they would get to know more about their future husbands.
Single women used to play games like Snap-Apple, where the contesting women would use only her teeth to bite the Apple suspended in a string, and the first women to do so would marry soon. Young women would peel the skin of an apple in a long strand on her shoulders. It falls on the ground in the shape of a letter, which would be her future husband's initials. It was believed that in the late 1800s, on Halloween, a single woman staring into a mirror in a darkened room could see the face of their future husband. Play parties were an American-Indian and European custom where neighbors would gather to celebrate the harvest by dancing, singing, reminiscing about the dead, and telling each other's fortunes. In Scotland, it was believed that before going to bed on Halloween, if a woman ate sugary walnuts, hazelnuts, and nutmeg, she would see her future husband in her dream. In Ireland, in the 18th century, on Halloween night, a cook would place a ring inside a bowl of mashed potatoes was sure to find the true love who gets it. There are different kinds of games played during Halloween like Rose Test, Looking-glasses.
The tradition was originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. It took many shapes and forms, and in the 20th-century women played games to find their future husbands' initials or images. It is the most common party for both children and adults focus on the game foods of the season.