Halloween origin and Halloween trick or treat - History videos

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Halloween is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed. Let's take a look at this history, educational video for kids to learn about the Halloween origin, how the practice of Halloween trick or treat, trick or treating got started, where did Halloween originate or come from

So overall, it is "widely believed" that many Halloween traditions originated from the ancient Celtic harvest festival Samhain, and that this Gaelic observance was Christianized by the early Church. Samhain and other such festivals may have also had pagan roots. Some, however, support the view that Halloween began independently of Samhain and has solely Christian roots.

The trick or treating, or “guising”, tradition, beginning in the Middle-Ages, children and sometimes poor adults would dress up in the aforementioned costumes and go around door to door during Hallowmas begging for food or money in exchange for songs and prayers, often said on behalf of the dead. This was called “souling” and those gone-a-begging were called “soulers”.

Within a couple decades in North America, guising gave way to “trick or treating”. In this new practice, children no longer performed for treats, but instead vandalized and extorted for their food item.

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The earliest known reference to the phrase “trick or treat” was printed in the November 4, 1927 edition of the Blackie, Alberta Canada Herald, where it describes how when no “edible plunder” was given to trick or treaters, the youthful tormenters would scatter people’s readily available outdoor items around town.

The term, “trick or treat”, and the practice, slowly spread throughout North America with a brief respite during WWII due to sugar rations. Once these restrictions were lifted, Halloween’s popularity saw a huge spike and within a decade trick or treating was a near ubiquitous practice throughout North America as it is today, albeit somewhat toned down with the “trick” part no longer usually being a genuine threat.

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