Trick or Treat, Its Halloween! by Linda Lowery
TRICK OR TREATING and GIVING OUT HALLOWEEN CANDY (October 31, 2017)
Trick or Treat, it’s almost Halloween!
It is rare, but should the homeowner decide not to give treats but rather give in to the threat of a trick being played on them, children then carry out a harmless activity designed to surprise the recipient. However, generally homeowners are aware that if they live in a neighbourhood with children, that it has become socially expected they should purchase treats in preparation for the trick-or-treaters. That, or pretend they are not at home!! So what is the origin of Halloween? This festival is a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Gaelic culture and was a time used by the ancient pagans to take stock of supplies and prepare for winter. Ancient Gaels believed that on 31st October, boundaries between the worlds of the living and the dead would overlap and that the deceased would come back to life, causing fear and dread in many ways.
Still, it seems like the tradition of going door-to-door demanding candy is not quite what it used to be for many U. Over the past couple of years, as Halloween has come and gone, low turnout in their neighborhoods has led people to wonder annually on social media if trick-or-treating is dying. Local news outlets across the country have also reported anecdotal observations of fewer trick-or-treaters in their communities. Many cities have official trick-or-treating hours that may fall on a weekend rather than October 31, or which end in the early evening. And as CityLab recently reported , some towns even have ordinances forbidding teenagers to trick-or-treat, significantly cutting the eligible candy-grubbing population. But there are some other forces that may be diverting kids away from the sidewalks and leading them to seek candy elsewhere. Read: Big candy bars have no place on Halloween.
Q: What did the little girl say when she had to choose between a tricycle and a candy bar?
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The custom of 'trick or treat' probably has several origins. Again mostly Irish. An old Irish peasant practice called for going door to door to collect money, bread cake, cheese, eggs, butter, nuts, apples, etc.
If there are ghosts , goblins, witches, astronauts , cartoon characters, and a wild variety of oddly dressed creatures visiting your door asking for candy , chances are it's Halloween. In the United States and Canada, trick-or-treating has been a popular Halloween activity since the late s. Scottish children hoped to prevent evil spirits from doing harm by dressing like them. They carried lanterns made out of hollow turnips and at various homes asked for treats, such as cakes, fruit, and money. Immigrants brought these local customs to North America in the early 20th century. No one knows for sure how or why that particular term came to be.