On All Souls' Day, in Great Britain and Ireland it used to be customary for children to go Souling. They would go door-to-door begging for pastries with crosses on them called soul-cakes. Sometimes they were given fruit or coins instead. Just like Halloween and The Day of the Dead, symbolically these were treats put out for the dead to appease their souls when they came back to earth for a day. It was also a promise from the person receiving the soul-cakes to pray for the dead relatives of the people who gave out the soul-cakes (to help their relatives' souls go from purgatory to heaven).

Here's a song kids would sing for All Souls Day when they were begging for treats…

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