Soul cakes are an old English traditional cake, sometimes known simply as ‘souls’. The tradition of giving out soul cakes on All Hallows’ Eve dates back to the Middle Ages, when children went door-to-door saying prayers for the dead
"Round about the cauldron go; in the poison’d entrails throw. Toad, that under cold stone days and nights hast thirty one swelter’d venom sleeping got, boil thou first i’ the charmed pot. Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble.