Friday, November 1, 2013

Trick Or Treat....

Trick-or-treating or guising is a customary practice for children on Halloween in many countries. Children in costumes travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy (or, in some cultures, money) with the question "Trick or treat?". The "trick" is a (usually idle) threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given to them. In North America, trick-or-treating has been a customary Halloween tradition since the late 1940s. It typically happens on October 31,[1] although some municipalities choose other dates.[2] Homeowners wishing to participate in it sometimes decorate their private entrances with artificial spider webs, plastic skeletons and jack-o-lanterns. Some rather reluctant homeowners would simply leave the candy in bowls on the porch, others might be more participative and would even ask an effort from the children in order to provide them with candy. In the more recent years, however, the practice has spread to almost any house within a neighborhood being visited by children, including senior residences and condominiums.
The tradition of going from door to door receiving food already existed in Great Britain and Ireland in the form of "souling", where children and poor people would sing and say prayers for the dead in return for cakes.[3] Guising—children disguised in costumes going from door to door for food and coins—also predates trick or treat, and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895, where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money.[4] While going from door to door in disguise has remained popular among Scots and Irish, the custom of saying "trick or treat" has recently become common. The activity is prevalent in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Puerto Rico, and northwestern and central Mexico. In the latter, this practice is called calaverita (Spanish for "little skull"), and instead of "trick or treat", the children ask ¿me da mi calaverita? ("can you give me my little skull?"); where a calaverita is a small skull made of sugar or chocolate.


 

History
 
The practice of dressing up in costumes and begging door to door for treats on holidays dates back to the Middle Ages and includes Christmas wassailing. Trick-or-treating resembles the late medieval practice of souling, when poor folk would go door to door on Hallowmas (November 1), receiving food in return for prayers for the dead on All Souls Day (November 2). It originated in Ireland and Britain,[3] although similar practices for the souls of the dead were found as far south as Italy.[5] Shakespeare mentions the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), when Speed accuses his master of "puling [whimpering or whining] like a beggar at Hallowmas."[6] The custom of wearing costumes and masks at Halloween goes back to Celtic traditions of attempting to copy the evil spirits or placate them, in Scotland for instance where the dead were impersonated by young men with masked, veiled or blackened faces, dressed in white.[7][8]
Guising at Halloween in Scotland is recorded in 1895, where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money.[4] The practice of Guising at Halloween in North America is first recorded in 1911, where a newspaper in Kingston, Ontario reported children going "guising" around the neighborhood.[9]
American historian and author Ruth Edna Kelley of Massachusetts wrote the first book length history of the holiday in the US; The Book of Hallowe'en (1919), and references souling in the chapter "Hallowe'en in America";
 
 
Its an awesome experience along with my friends went trick or treating yesterday with our little one for the first time. Even it was raining go girls get some candy......



 
Here's some goodies that I made for Halloween. Cupcakes with spider decoration on it, pumpkin cupcakes and a cupcake with eye balls, and rice crispies.
 
 

 
It was a fun evening indeed celebrating with my lovely friends...
 
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!
 


 

20 comments:

  1. I think the cupcakes are really cute! Lovely treats and awesome experience...:)

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  2. That was really fun. I haven't experienced trick or treats since birth. This is not that popular in the prvince where I grew up.

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  3. Love those cupcakes. Halloween is indeed for kids (and the moms too - for their quick sweet fix)

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  5. I'm sure the sweets tasted yummy like how they looked on the photo.
    Welcome to the BC Blogger!

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  6. You did an awesome job Rosegen! Beautiful looking cookies. :-)
    Eliz

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  7. Your dessert creation is amazingly cute and scrumptious. .:)

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    1. Yeah it will look good if my brain works, But if doesn't work sometime gggrrt its all messed up. lol
      Thank you for the scrumptious compliment hahaha...

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  9. I am looking at those cupcakes. It looks yummy!

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  10. Honestly I haven't experience joining a trick or treat when I was a child. It's not uso here that's why. But nowadays, trick or treats is a popular event at malls so hopefully I can experience one too through my son, hehe.

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  11. Those are cute cupcakes you have there. :)

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  12. Cool halloween treats..must be yummy.

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  13. I love to experience trick or treating. We don't have such here in the Middle East kasi.

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