PSA: Today is October 31st, which means if you knock on anyone’s door tonight, there is a good possibility you can get free candy, especially if you are a child in a costume. But what do you do if you are not a child? This man may have a solution.
First of all, a little history lesson. How did trick-or-treating become something you do for Halloween? It all started during the Middle Ages.
During the Middle Ages, there was a tradition called “mumming” where people would go door-to-door dressed in costume and perform a skit in exchange for food or drink. Then there was the tradition of going door-to-door on the night before “All Saints Day” to accepts gifts to appease the souls of the dead.
These practices eventually merged together in the late 1800s and early 1900s in a practice called “guising” during Halloween. The tradition of “trick-or-treating” took off during the 1940s and 50s in the United States and Canada, especially after Walt Disney’s cartoon “Trick or Treat” was released in 1952.
The phrase “trick or treat” is supposed to mean that the costumed individuals will perform some sort of trick if a treat is not presented to them. However, in today’s current trick-or-treating tradition, it just means “give me candy, please.”
In Mexico, instead of saying “trick or treat,” they say, “can you give me my sugar skull?” In this case, they hand out a calaverita, or a small skull made of sugar or chocolate.
Now that you know about the origins of trick-or-treating, let’s go back to our original story. Check out this video of a man taking a child trick-or-treating and see if you can spot the twist!
What do you think of this man’s trick-or-treating prank? What would you do if he showed up to your house with his spiderman trick-or-treating companion? Let us know in the comments!
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