In what country was the first written account of children using the phrase “trick or treat” on Halloween? - letsdiskuss
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Bilas Chandra

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In what country was the first written account of children using the phrase “trick or treat” on Halloween?


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The history and the origin of Halloween dates back to 10th century, and in to the Celtic Ireland. However, the most interesting part of Halloween, “trick or treat”, also known as Souling, came later.


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Hitting your question first of all, it is Canada where we get the earliest written accounts and mentions of the phrase “trick or treat”. The earliest is from the Alberta Canada Herald, 4th November 1927. I quote from the text itself:

Hallowe’en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun. No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc., much of which decorated the front street. The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word “trick or treat” to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.

The phrase migrated to America from nowhere but Europe where it was popular in various different ways. Catholic Church was the one which transformed the Celtic disguising of people as demons, spirits, and souls to confuse them when the living and the dead world met at the beginning of the New Year, as per the belief, into the All Saints Day or All Hallow Eve. It turned into Halloween later.

Trick or treat has re-emerged since 1920s and 1930s, where children go from door to door to ask for candies and other food items in return of the prayers they say for the departed souls of the house. That’s why it is also called Souling.  


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