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Going from house to house in search of candies and other goodies is known as Trick or Treating. This is a popular Halloween tradition in the United States and in other countries. Even though Halloween does not originate from the US, it is the second most celebrated holiday in the country, next to Christmas.
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- Halloween can be traced back to the ancient, pre-Christian Celtic festival of Samhain, which was celebrated on the night of October 31. The area where the Celtics lived is now called Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France. They believed that the dead return to our world during the Samhain festival and so they gather to light bonfires, offer sacrifices and pay homage to the deceased.
- As part of the Samhain tradition, the Celtics disguised themselves in costumes made of animal skins to drive away phantom visitors, prepared banquet tables and offered food to the spirits. Later on, people dressed up as ghosts, demons and other creatures and performed the same exchange of food and drinks. This custom, known as mumming, dates back to the Middle Ages and is thought to be an antecedent of TRICK OR TREATING.
- During the 19th century, Christianity began to flourish in the Celtic lands which gradually removed pagan rites. Celebration in England during this holiday resembled the Samhain tradition where poor people would visit wealthier people’s houses to receive soul cakes in exchange for a promise to pray for the souls of the homeowners’ dead relatives during All Souls’ Day.
- In Scotland and Ireland, young people would dress up in costumes and accept various offerings from different households, but instead of praying for the dead, they would sing, recite a poem, tell a joke or perform a “trick” before collecting their treat.
- American colonists in the mid-19th century celebrated Guy Fawkes Day which helped popularize Halloween. In the 20th century, some Irish and Scottish communities revived the Old World traditions of souling and guising in the US. This developed into trick-or-treating in the US, and incorporated matching Halloween costumes, making it the second largest commercial holiday with Americans spending $6 billion annually for parties and costumes.
Trick Or Treat Worksheets
This bundle contains 11 ready-to-use Trick Or Treat worksheets that are perfect for students who want to learn more about Trick Or Treating which is going from house to house in search of candies and other goodies. This is a popular Halloween tradition in the United States and in other countries.
Download includes the following worksheets:
- Trick or Treat Facts
- Trick or Treat Costume
- Fears I
- Fears II
- Creative Writing
- Word Warp
- Safety First
- One Halloween Night
- Halloween Items
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