Trick or treat?

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By the late 19th cen­tury, chil­dren were go­ing door-to-door on Hal­lowe’en, to col­lect food and money. They called it 'guis­ing,’ be­cause the chil­dren were in dis­guise. They'd dress as ghouls and per­form a song, play, or dance on the doorstep to earn their treats. The term 'trick or treat' seems to have been coined in the 1920s, but it was another 30 years be­fore it be­came pop­u­lar first in Amer­ica, and then in the UK.

Hal­lowe’en re­ally ex­ploded in pop­u­lar­ity across the West­ern world through­out the 1920s and 30s – but it was be­cause of the party as­pect rather than the pa­gan or re­li­gious roots. As the decades passed, dress­ing-up be­came an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant part of Hal­lowe’en, and for­tune-telling, danc­ing, singing, ghost sto­ries, and mis­chief-mak­ing were all part of the fun. Grad­u­ally, the idea that cos­tumes would scare away evil spir­its was lost as the fes­ti­val be­came more com­mer­cial, and in­ter­est in re­li­gion de­clined.

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