Halloween and Trick-or-treating go hand in hand. The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats dates back to the Middle Ages. Originally referred to as “guising”, trick-or-treating resembles the medieval custom of poor folk going door to door on Hallowmas, for food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls’ Day. In Canada the practice of “guising” on Halloween was first recorded in 1911 by a newspaper in Ontario.
The earliest known use in print of the term “trick or treat” was much later in 1927, from Blackie, Alberta: “Hallowe’en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun. No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc., much of which decorated the front street. The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.”
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