Halloween is that special time of year where children are allowed to dress up and be as gross or terrifying as they wish, and they’re rewarded with candy! So, if you have any little ones, they are probably pretty excited about the upcoming holiday. But have you or your children ever thought the origins of trick-or-treating and why it is such a widely accepted practice during the spookiest night of the year? Some of these interesting facts about trick-or-treating may actually impress them:
• The word “trick” in the innocent-sounding greeting refers to “threat,” historically implying the performance of mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.
• A “soul cake” is what is commonly believed to be the first treat for children for All Hallows’ Eve, and even for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day; obviously, this tradition has not been upheld in the west. So, for a long time, children would go “souling” instead of trick-or treating.
• In 1891, a song was recorded about souling, and it was a popular folk tune in England until around the 1950’s.
• While the first reference to “guising” in North America occurs in 1911, another reference to begging for treats on Halloween appears anonymously in 1915, with a third reference in Chicago in 1920. The earliest known use in print of the term trick-or-treat appears in 1927, in the Blackie Herald Alberta, Canada.
• A popular variant of trick-or-treating, known as trunk-or-treating, occurs when children are offered treats from the trunks of cars parked in a church parking lot, or sometimes, a school parking lot. It has slowly gained popularity since Hurricane Katrina, mostly by parents who consider it safer than if their kids were to go door-to-door.
Electronic Imaging Inc. hopes that this brief aside was a refreshing and interesting read, and that you have an amazing time trick-or-treating (or doling out the candy yourself) this upcoming Saturday! Happy Halloween!