One method of celebrating Halloween that is usually reserved for children is trick-or-treating. Modern trick-or-treating has become a billion dollar industry to the candy manufacturers. Each year on
Halloween night, kids will put on costumes and walk door to door with their loot sack shouting "trick-or-treat" to their neighbors in order to get free candy. This method of celebrating Halloween, like
most others, has a rich history behind it.
It was thought by the Celts (and by many other cultures) that spirits can taste food and drink. During Samhain people would leave wine and food outside their houses to pacify the roaming spirits.
The more recent customs of trick-or-treating come from a ritual that is most likely Christian in origin stemming from the All Souls' Day parades in England. The poor would beg the upper class for
food and they would receive small pastries called "soul cakes". In return, the beggars were supposed to pray for the dead relatives of the families who gave them food. This custom was called "going
a-souling" and was later taken up by children who would go to various houses to get food and money. The church encouraged this ritual because they wanted to replace the ancient pagan practice of
leaving wine and food for roaming spirits.
The phrase trick-or-treat, however, is quite modern and didn't come into use until the 1930's.
What NOT to Give
While most people give out the good stuff that'll properly rot your teeth there are some people who feel the need to give garbage. Here is a quick list of what NOT to give this Halloween.
Smarties - These taste like dust.
Apples - They weigh too much and have those pesky vitamins.
Pencils - Unless the person is really nervous they won't eat these.
Toothpaste - Even dentists should be giving out candy.
Granola Bars - If I was a health nut would I be trick-or-treating?
Raisins - What is this some sort of sick joke?
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