Halloween is just around the corner and what better way to get into the spooky-season spirit than with some much needed Halloween traditions.\nBut what's better than good old-fashion traditions? Long-lost ones. \nThat was the reality of one town in Canada after they stumbled upon a mid-19th century tradition. \nNorfolk Town is proudly known as Ontario's garden. However, the mayor of the town, Kristal Chopp, says that their lesser known title is being Canada's pumpkin capital.\nThey are in fact the country's number one growing region for seasonal squash. \nWhat's more, she says this unearthed tradition could actually save Halloween in Canada following the ongoing pandemic.\nAnd all it takes is a little magic. \nEditor's Choice: Tim Hortons Will Be Testing Reusable Cups & Food Containers That You Actually Return\n\nHow was the Halloween tradition discovered?\nThe tradition first came to light on October 2nd, when Frances Folk, the town's historian, was ruffling through archives in search of local history as she often does. \nThis is when Folk found two torn book pages hidden away in an old magazine, possibly from the mid-19th century era.\nThe author, she said, is unknown and will remain that way until more pages of the book are found.\nThe historian believes that her town's status as pumpkin capital is no accident as the forgotten pages name drop the magical rounded orange squash.\n\n \n \n \n \n \n CNW Group I Norfolk County\n \n \n \n\nWhat is the Halloween tradition? \nOn the very first page discovered, it appears to be some sort of song, poem or nursery rhyme that is titled 'The Legend of Peter Peter Pumpkin Treater.'\nFolk said that the song is actually instructions on what to do on the night before Halloween. \nIt reads the following:\n"Peter Peter Pumpkin Treater\nMakes Halloween even sweeter\nOn the night before Halloween\nCarve a pumpkin and save some seeds\nPlant them in your garden or a special pot\nAnd draw a smile to mark the spot\nThe seeds will grow in Peter's magic pumpkin land\nAnd he will thank you for lending him a hand\nA candy surprise awaits when you wake\nFor all the pumpkins you helped Peter make."\n"It appears that after a pumpkin was carved, seeds were given to children to place in a pot or garden," Folk said.\n"Upon awakening the next morning, a sweet treat would greet the child. Our guess is that this was to help Peter Peter Pumpkin Treater ensure there was plenty of pumpkins for the next Halloween."\n\nHow can it save COVID-19 Halloween?\nMayor Chopp and Folk noted that this finding could surely save Halloween 2020 in Canada as many have pondered what to do to keep their kids happy but also safe amid health concerns due to the virus. \nThis especially holds true with Ontario Covid-19 cases soaring and with health officials urging everyone to stay home on Halloween night or at least take the proper precautions. \n"I, like many mayors across the country have been struggling with the idea of what to do this upcoming Halloween," Chopp said.\n"I encourage everyone, on the night before Halloween, to save some seeds and send them to Peter Peter Pumpkin Treater's magic patch. Not just for this Halloween, but for many, many more to come."\nThey both say that this new discovery could give kids some hope for Halloween especially for those who won't get to trick or treat this year.