Fortune Telling With Apple Seeds (1910's)

This Halloween Fortune Telling Game and MANY others can be found in the following book available from

Games For Hallowe’en

by Mary E. Blain

Apple seeds act as charms on Halloween.

Stick one on each eyelid and name one “Home” and the other “Travel.”

  • If seed named travel stays on longer, you will go on a journey before year expires.
  • If ” Home” clings better, you will remain home.

Again, take all the apple seeds, place them on back of outspread left hand.

With loosely clenched right hand strike palm of left.

This will cause some, if not all, of seeds to fall.

  • Those left on hand show number of letters you will receive the coming fortnight.
  • Should all seeds drop, you must wait patiently for your mail.

Put twelve apple seeds carefully to one side
while you cut twelve slips of blank paper ex
actly alike.

  • on one side of each write name of friend.
  • Turn them all over with blanks uppermost and mix them so that you will not know which is which;
  • then, holding seeds in your left hand ; repeat :

” One I love,

Two I love,

Three I love I say;

Four I love with all my heart

Five I cast away.

Six he loves,

Seven she loves,

Eight they both love;

Nine he comes,

Ten he tarries,

Eleven he courts and

Twelve he marries.”

Stop at each line to place a seed on a paper,
and turn slip over to discover name of one you love or cast away.

Continue matching apple seeds with papers as you count, until all twelve seeds and twelve papers are used.

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