History of Trick-or-Treat

Since your parents started dressing you in that (totally awesome) pumpkin costume, you’ve associated Halloween with trick-or-treating. But just how did it all start? Here’s some history about how trick-or-treat came to be, from us here at DeVoe Buick GMC.

The term “trick-or-treat” was only coined in 1951, when it was made popular by the Peanuts comic strip. However, that’s not the origin of the actual practice of trick-or-treating. Back in the Middle Ages, people would dress up as ghosts or demons and would perform “tricks” for food and drinks.Trick-or-Treat

In later centuries, young people in Scotland and Ireland would dress up (called “guising”) and go door to door, telling jokes or singing songs in exchange for a treat of some sort.

Guy Fawkes Day was a celebratory holiday in England. In the 19th century, children began dressing up as Fawkes (a famous conspirator) and asking people for “a penny for the Guy”.

In the United States, trick-or-treating spawned from the American colonists who celebrated Guy Fawkes Day as well as the Irish and Scottish who practiced their tradition of “guising”. Pranking on Halloween became a common practice during the 1920’s, which ending up leading to the “trick-or-treat” practice.

After a short halt on trick-or-treating during WWII, it became popular again during the postwar baby boom. And we’ve been trick-or-treating ever since!

Halloween Activities in Naples, Florida

We might not have the colorful fall foliage, or a chill in the air, but we can still have fun in the fall down here in sunny Florida. If you’ve looking for some Halloween activities in Naples, here are just a few of the many fun activities you and your family can enjoy.

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    Waterside Shop’s Boo Bash 2015. On October 30th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM, come enjoy this free family-friendly event at the Waterside Shop in Naples. There will be trick-or-treating, face painting, jugglers, balloon art, costumed characters, and more.

  • Monster Mash. Head to The Village on Venetian Bay on October 31st from 1:00PM to 4:00PM for this great Halloween event. It is free and includes arts and crafts, face painting, trick-or-treating, and even wild animals from the Kowiachobee Animal Preserve.
  • Spooktacular on 5th. This free, family-friendly event is right along 5th Avenue South. It includes costume contests for all ages and pets, trick-or-treating, live music, crafts, and so much more. It will be held on October 31st from 4:30PM through 9:30PM.

Did we miss your favorite Halloween event? Share the details with us in the comments below.