Why do we say ‘Trick or Treat’ on Halloween?

Why do we say ‘Trick or Treat’ on Halloween?

Knocking on a neighbor’s door on the night of October 31, waiting for them to open the door to scream ‘Trick or Treat’ is one of the best childhood memories.

Trick or Treat is a very popular game for children on Halloween, especially in the US and some European countries.

Children will wear devil costumes, go in groups and carry baskets of sweets, lanterns… Then, the children will knock on the door of each neighbor’s house in the neighborhood, wait for them to open the door and scream up cheerfully: “Trick or Treat”.

Trick in English means fool, just naughty prank on Halloween. Treat is hospitality, good treatment, in this case just confectionery. This saying means: “If you don’t want to be played badly, treat us to something”. Usually, the owner is usually happy to give the children a lot of candy, cake to go… to scare the next house.

But why “Trick or Treat”, and not any other saying? What is the real meaning behind it? According to Dictionary, the origin of this saying goes back to medieval times, but it was not a practice for children as it is today.

In the Middle Ages, the poor would beg for food on October 31st. In response, they will pray for the departed souls on All Souls’ Day, which falls on November 2 (All Souls’ Day).

Today’s Trick or Treat is a variation on the ancient practice. Halloween festival came to America thanks to the first immigrants, most of them from Scotland and Ireland.