When we think about Halloween, for sure, we will think of trick or treat, do you really know about the trick or treat ?
WHAT is trick or treat?
The “treat” is commonly refer to candy, however in some cultures money is given instead. The “trick” refers to an idle threat to perform mischief on the homeowner(s) or their property if no treat is offered.
HOW do trick or treat works?
Trick or treating is a popular Halloween tradition for both children and adults in certain nations. Trick or treat is a Halloween tradition in which youngsters dressed in costumes walk door to door in a neighbourhood yelling “trick or treat” when the door is opened to ask for candy, with the implied threat of performing tricks on those who refuse.
Some houses indicate their intention to give out candy by placing Halloween decorations outside their doors; others just leave treats on their porches for the children to take as they like. Houses may also keep their porch light on as an indication that they have candy.
WHAT HAPPENS if you say trick or treat?
The expression implies that if a treat, such as candy, is offered, the youngster will not play a “trick” on the owner of the house. This famous Halloween tradition derives from the ancient rituals of “souling” and “guising.”
WHY do we do trick or treat on Halloween?
Trick-or-treating may have arisen from a ritual in which individuals impersonate the ghosts or souls of the deceased and accepted contributions on their behalf. According to S. V. Peddle, they “personify the ancient spirits of winter, who expected compensation in exchange for good fortune.” It was also thought that impersonating these spirits or souls would shield one from them.