“Trick or treat!”
This phrase is synonymous with Halloween in the United States.
Every year on October 31, millions of adorable little ghouls and goblins across the country traverse their neighborhoods with sacks or buckets in hand, eagerly ringing doorbells and exclaiming, “trick or treat!”
Americans have been doing this since the late 1920s, but did you know that the tradition is much older?
Much, much older, in fact.
According to the History.com video below, trick-or-treating dates all the way back to Medieval Britain and, unlike the family-friendly holiday we know today, Halloween in the Middles Ages involved children and poor adults knocking on doors and begging for food in exchange for prayers.
Check out the video to learn more about this history behind this age-old tradition: