A soul! a soul! a soul-cake!
Please, good Missus, a soul-cake!
An apple, a pear, a plum or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul,
Three for Him who made us all.
A Hallow's tradition of old Ireland and Britain, involved the door-to-door begging of soul cakes. These cakes, which were more like the sugar cookies I bake today, with added cinnamon and nutmeg, were usually marked with a cross to signify that giving them was a religious practice (think, giving alms to the poor as a sign of virtue.) The cakes, referred to as "souls" were given to the poor and the children in exchange for singing and saying prayers for the dead.
A lovely and haunting take on the soul cakes song, sung by Kate and Corwen, can be heard here.
You can find a recipe for soul cakes here.
A soul cake is just one of many things you might wish to leave out for your ancestors this Hallows.