Good Question - History Of Trick-or-Treating

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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A viewer wants to know, "Who started the trick-or-treat tradition on Halloween?" Good question.

Halloween, or "All Hallows' Eve", is the evening of "All Hallows' Day", which is more commonly known as All Saints Day. This widely embraced international holiday was introduced to North America by the Irish in the 19th century.

But why "trick-or-treat"? Trick or treat is actually a threat. Its true meaning is, "if no treat is given, then a trick will be played on the property owner."

According to some historians, the first known trick or treating on Halloween happened in 1911 in Kingston, Ontario, but the tradition didn't start in the U.S. until the late 1940s.

The National Confectioners Association reported in 2005 that over 90% of children in the U.S. go trick or treating on Halloween.


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