Halloween is less than a week away and children everywhere are putting the final touches on their costumes and dreaming of pumpkins full of candy. While your little ghost or princess or superhero is getting geared up for the holiday, take a minute and check out the history of trick or treat, a beloved annual tradition for many people around the world. And if you’re shopping homes for sale in Christmas Lake Village, you may want to plan to stock up on candy for next year. You’ll have a flood of adorable little trick-or-treaters at your door.
Today I Found Out dug into the history of trick or treat and we’ll hit the high points for you here. People have been donning masks for Autumn celebrations since the time of the Celts. During the celebration of Samhain (Celtic festival meaning Summer’s End), young men dressed as evil spirits to fool the actual spirits roaming the earth, as one year passed into the next. Between the 8th and 11th centuries, the Catholic Church co-opted the pagan holiday and encouraged people to dress as angels and demons instead, turning Samhain into All Hallows Evening.
The practice of trick or treat began in the Middle Ages. Children (and often the impoverished as well) went door to door, begging for food in exchange for prayers on behalf of the dead. This was known as souling. And the practice of souling became guising during the 19th century when children began trading jokes or performances for money or food.
Guising began in the U.K. and traveled to America in the 1920s and 1930s thanks to waves of immigration from Ireland and Scotland. The earliest known reference to “trick or treat” can be traced back to 1927, as children began to threaten vandalism and tricks if treats weren’t given. When sugar rations were removed after the conclusion of World War II, the popularity of trick-or-treating grew exponentially.
Today, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween, making it the nation’s second-largest commercial holiday (History).
Though we in Santa Claus, Indiana, hold Christmas very near and dear to our hearts, Halloween remains one of our favorite holidays as well. And we provide plenty of opportunities for kids to get out and continue the age-old tradition of trick or treat.
- On Sunday, October 29, 2017, Yellig Park will host its annual Trick or Treat on the Trail. From 2:00 – 4:00 pm CT, families can enjoy bounce houses and other activities. Trick or treat begins at 4:00 pm CT and will continue until 6:00 pm CT. Local businesses and organizations will pass out candy and prizes will be given for best costumes. Visit http://indianasabelincoln.org/events/yellig-park-trick-treat-2/ for more information.
- Spencer County Public Libraries are hosting trick or treat at several locations on October 31, 2017. Stop by the Dale or Rockport branches between 8:00 am CT and 9:00 pm CT for goodies and photos. Visit the Spencer County Public Library Facebook Page for more information.
- Christmas Lake Village will host trick or treat on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm CT. Residents who are welcoming trick-or-treaters should have their porch lights on during those hours. Trick-or-treaters are encouraged to carry flashlights and drivers should watch out for pedestrian traffic.
- There are numerous other opportunities for trick-or-treating in the Tri-State area, including locations in Evansville and Owensboro. Visit http://www.14news.com/story/13400264/trick-or-treating-hours-in-the-tri-state for more information.
Wherever your trick-or-treat adventures take you, we hope you have a safe and happy holiday. Happy Halloween from all of us at Key Associates!