The History behind Trick or Treat

Trick or treat season is almost here. Obviously, and like anybody else, I’d want a milky way. But we’re in Egypt, sadly.

It’s a universal tradition in which the children usually dress as superheroes, vampires, and sometimes Donald Trump, take their parents by obligation to embarrass them, of course, that’s the point of tagging with them. But have you ever wondered when or how did this yearly festival come to life?

Halloween or Hallowe’en also known as Allhalloween, all Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31st October every year.

In a very long time, Christians Celebrated a day called Samuin Tradition day (November 1st) Where the children were dressed up like evil midgets with white masks like ghosts. The tradition was yearly back then, they’ve been told that on that very date the dead is to roam the Earth again, so by dressing like that, we would fool them and make them think that we’re like them so they won’t kill us. The Christians believed that was actually a thing.

Later, the Catholic Church tried to make up something that would put away the old tradition of Old Samuin Day. They Came up with The Halloween or “All Hallows Eve”. This new tradition adapted somethings from the previous one, the costume dressing, only.

Trick or Treating traditions began in the Middle-Ages, children and sometimes poor adults would dress up in old, scrapped costumes and go around door to door during Hallow Evening begging for food or money in exchange for songs and prayers, often said on behalf of the dead.  This was called “souling” and the children were called “soulers”.

Souling ultimately gave rise to this guising in the U.K. starting in the 19th century, with children dressing up and begging for things like fruit and money. They often come up to your doorstep and tell jokes, sing a song, or even play a musical instrument in exchange for this token (food or money), unlike the prayers, it was more fun in this way. In order to earn this token, they’d often tell jokes, sing songs, play an instrument, recite a poem, or perform in some other way for the amusement.

The news came to the U.S. after the WWI when the sugar rations were lifted and this guising was transformed into trick and treating, children no longer performed for treats, now they just want more candy, lucky bastards.

If you think we should have this festival in public here in Egypt, tell us your opinion in the comments below!

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