A Souling !

A day/evening of divination, disguises, ducking for apples. People were really fearful of this time of the year. On this night of enchantment, journeys were completed before sunset, bread was crossed with salt and kept in pockets as a witch repellent and a rowan cross tied on bridles. Lighted candles were kept in windows all night to guide travellers safely and keep evil at bay. Candles were also placed in barns to protect the stock. All doors were shut tightly as a door that was ajar would allow an unwanted supernatural visitor to enter and never leave.