Trick-or-Treat History

Trick-Or-Treat History 

The team at McMullen Ford loves to go trick-or-treating with their families. Believe it or not, trick-or-treating was not always a Halloween tradition! In fact, America’s trick-or-treating has its roots in many different cultures. Here’s a little bit on trick-or-treat history.

The tradition of trick-or-treating began as far back as the middle ages. Children and adults alike would dress up either as demons or ghouls, performing tricks or other forms of entertainment to earn food and drinks.

A similar tradition was prevalent in both Scotland and Ireland in later centuries. Kids here performed the trick-or-treat practice we know now of going door-to-door. At each door, they would earn a treat (like apples) for singing a song, telling jokes, or some other type of performance.

The most recent and well-known holiday that transformed into trick-or-treating is Guy Fawkes Day, a celebratory holiday in England. In the 19th century, children began dressing up as famous conspirator Guy Fawkes and asking for “a penny for the Guy.”

The Irish and Scottish act of “guising” and the tradition of Guy Fakwes Day combined in America because of colonists during the 1920’s. It wasn’t called “trick-or-treat” yet, but thanks to that classic Peanuts comic strip, it was officially deemed this in 1951.

While trick-or-treating was put on pause during WWII, it resumed during the baby boom and has been a favorite Halloween activity ever since. 


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