TRICK OR TREAT
Welcome to our spooktacular Halloween Songs & Crafts! There is something about Halloween which really catches the imaginations of children - perhaps it is all the candy and sweets and dressing up!
Trick or treating today involves groups of children dressing up in costumes and knocking on doors in their neighbourhood to ask for candy on Halloween.
This tradition also comes from Britain and Ireland in the Middle Ages, where children and sometimes poor adults would dress up in costumes and go around door to door during Hallowmas (All Saints Day) begging for food or money in exchange for songs and prayers, often said on behalf of the dead. This was called "guising" or “souling”, and the tradition was first seen in Canada and the USA around 1911. The term "Trick or Treat" first appeared in print in Alberta, Canada in 1927.
Dressing up in costumes at Halloween is also a medieval tradition. Because the dead were supposed to visit around this time of year, people would wear masks and costumes so that the ghosts and spirits wouldn't recognise them!