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cross-dressed and went about begging for "soul cakes." By the last half of the 19th century, Halloween came to America via the largescale Irish migration.
     In the 18th century, Vallance reported that Irish maidens observed Halloween by sowing hemp seed, believing  if they turned to look back while doing this, they'd see an apparition of their future husband.
     From the 17th  to the early 18th century,  it was customary for
"guisers," as people who dressed up were called, to go from house to house singing and dancing to keep evil  spirits at bay. 
      Before it became All Hallows Eve, it was called "
Nutcrack Night," when magic loomed thick and an astute 'wise-one' could muster some of that magic and

foresee the future. 
     That night, a girl could determine who would be a better husband by simply placing three hazelnuts on the grate of the smoldering fire and naming one as herself and the other two as prospective husbands. The namesake of the nut that cracks or jumps will be unfaithful. The namesake of the nut that burns loves her very much and will be a good husband.
     A girl could also look in a mirror while biting an apple and the boy she sees peeking over her shoulder at her will be her husband.
     For boys,  "The Three Luggies" consisted of three saucers laid side by side. One contained clean water, one dirty water and one remained empty. Blindfolded, the boy was spun around and told to

dip his finger in the first saucer he felt. The saucer he got revealed his future. Clean water meant he'd marry a maiden, dirty water means he'd marry a widow and the empty saucer meant he'd stay single.

Reference Sources

The Book of Holydays, 1958, by J. Walker McSpadden pages 149-153
     Book of Festival Holidays, 1964, Marguerite Icks, pages 123-125
     The Yearbook of English Festivals, Dorothy Gladys Spicer. 1954 pages 153-157
     The Dictionary of Mythology, Folklore and Symbols, Part 2  page 1393
     A Dictionary of Non-Christian Religions, Geoffrey Parrinder 1971 page 42
     The Standard Encyclopedia of Folklore, Mythology d