JNW’s Halloween Challenge: Bobbing for Apples

The Farmers Wife Magazine

The Farmers Wife Magazine, November 1926

The Romans brought the apple tree with them when they conquered Britain. They introduced Apple Bobbing, also known as bobbing for apples too. When an apple was sliced in half, the seeds formed a pentagram shape and the Celts believed this symbol meant the apple could be used to determine marriages at this time of year.  The customs were combined when unmarried people would try to bite into an apple floating in water or hanging from a string. The first person to bite into the apple would be the next one allowed to marry. Girls, who placed the apple they bobbed under their pillow, were said to dream of their future lover.

The Farmer’s Wife was a monthly women’s magazine first published in 1897, which offered advice about farming, housekeeping and cooking. The independent publication ended in 1939.

Have a spooktacular time with JNW’s Halloween Challenge! Enjoy!





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