The tradition of hanging May Baskets originated in England as part of the witchcraft practice in the middle ages.
May Baskets were made by using pretty pastel shades of construction paper. Empty match boxes and various cups were also used. Merchants also provided small baskets for sale for the occasion. Local stores gauged the amount of extra paper, baskets and sweets they would need.
May Baskets included a small amount of candy and mildly scented spring flowers as well as wild flowers. Flowers were sometimes omitted in favor of larger treats like popcorn, candy kisses and small candy bars.
May Baskets were also made by various organizations and delivered to shut-ins.
An annual May Basket night was held. Children would take their May Baskets to the homes of their friends and some of their teachers and hang them on their doors. They then rang the doorbell and ran. After a chase to capture the giver a cherished kiss or pinch was given if the giver was caught.
Most children lost interest in May Baskets before they entered Junior High School.