Because the holiday comes in the wake of the annual apple harvest, candy apples (also known as toffee apples) are a common
treat at Halloween. They are made by rolling whole apples in a sticky sugar syrup, and sometimes then rolling them in nuts.
At one time candy apples were a common treat given to children, but this practice rapidly waned after widespread rumors that
some individuals were embedding items like pins and razor blades in the apples that they would pass out to children. The vast
majority of the reported cases turned out to be hoaxes, and the few that were real caused only minor injuries, but many parents
were under the assumption that the practice was common. At the peak of this hysteria, some hospitals were offering to x-ray
children's Halloween haul at no cost in order to look for such items.
A Halloween custom which has survived unchanged to this day in Ireland is the baking (or more often nowadays the purchase)
of a barmbrack (Irish "báirín breac"). This is a light fruit cake into which a plain ring is placed before baking.
It is said that whoever finds this ring will find his or her true love during the following year.
Other foods associated with the holiday:
* candy corn
* hot apple cider
* roasted pumpkin seeds