All Soul’s Day was started in the 900s by the Church, being designated as the day on which you can help those in purgatory with your prayers.
It came to be in people’s minds the day when the dead could visit the living.
In some parts of England, people made Soul Cakes. Children took them door to door and traded them for small change or candies. The cakes would be eaten at supper that night, with some set out for the souls of dead relatives who might pop by as well.
Today, the tradition of All Soul’s Day has largely merged with or even been supplanted by Hallowe’en.