The Origin of Trick or Treat

The Origin of Trick or Treat

The Origin of Trick or Treat

Halloween parties can be fun for adults.

But at its core the holiday is for kids. They dress up. They go door to door. They trick or treat.

Most American kids, however, would probably be disappointed if they’d go in a way-back machine to the 1930s and early 1940s.

According to, children were given homemade cookies. Or pieces of cake. Or fruit. Or nuts. Or even coins.

Finally, in the 1950s, candy manufacturers began to jump in. They promoted their products as not only delicious, but a convenient, more affordable giveaway.

Then, in the 1970s, wrapped, factory-made candy was viewed as the only acceptable thing to hand out to all the little ghosts and goblins that showed up on people’s doorsteps. The reason: Safety, as reports of tampering by real-life boogeymen made the rounds.

These days parents are also urged to inspect the goodies. But, thankfully, the time-honored tradition of trick-or-treating continues to thrive.

Have a great Halloween!