from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A game the object of which is to catch in one's mouth an apple twirling on one end of a stick which is suspended at its center and has a lighted candle at the other end.
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Some divinatory rituals have survived in form of games of "snap-apple" and "bobbing for apples."
We can still see similarities in the games played at Halloween and those of an older time -- snap-apple, bobbing for apples, and dares are still very prominent at parties.
A variation of the Irish snap-apple is a hoop hung by strings from the ceiling, round which at intervals are placed bread, apples, cakes, peppers, candies, and candles.