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APPLE DUCKING

This is a very old party game still played today at this time by the young and the young at heart. It consists of a barrel or kitchen bowl full of water into which apples are then placed. The apples naturally float in the water. The idea is to take an apple out of the water using only your mouth with your hands clasped behind your back. The larger the apple the more good fortune you (the ducker), were said to have in the forthcoming year. No apple at all and it was said that you would be poor all through life. As you can imagine this can be a very messy but fun game for youngsters. Staying with apples it was believed the best apples to give to children on 'All Hallows' were 'Allan Apples'. These types of apples were still carried as stock at this time of year in many greengrocers shops (UK) until at least 1890.