Originally the 'cakes' were any sweets the housewives had around the house. Then it became small cakes and pastries. Traditional 'Soul Cakes' are still made today. The ingredients include nutmeg, Cinnamon, Cardamon, Currants, and Saffron together with flour, eggs, milk and butter.
Of the many best loved traditions in America, the donning of costumes is at the top of the list. In times past, adults began dressing in elaborate costumes for Halloween parties, also known as Masquerade parties, long before it became an annual event for children. Dressing up in Halloween costumes took a more commercial tone in the twentieth century.