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Why Do We Say ‘Trick or Treat’?By Sally KalosH ighlights Publications invites you to honor your favorite Veteran in our upcoming November issue, scheduled just in time for Veterans Day on November 11th. The sacrifices and commitments made by these courageous men and women ripple outwards, affecting their families and friends. They often face long periods of absence, demanding on- call schedules, and challenging working conditions which can strain personal relationships. Yet, despite these challenges, the bonds they share with loved onesremain unbreakable.We believe that there can never beenough moments to express our gratitudeand admiration for our Veterans. If there’s a Veteran you hold dear, we would love to help you celebrate them. Submit an entry of 150 to 200 words detailing who they are, their relationship to you, the branch in which they served, and most importantly, why they hold a special place in your heart. Let the world know what makes them exceptional to you.Please accompany your submission with a photograph and send it to To ensure inclusion in our November edition, make sure to submit your entries by October 12, 2023.H omeowners think nothing of having goblins, nurses, vampires, or astronauts showing up at their doors each October asking for candy. Any other time of the year and these visitors might be turned away. But Halloween is all about the magical and the macabre, and trick-or-treating is a major component ofthe festivities.Kids and adults alike cry out “trick ortreat” at each house they visit. Many utter this familiar phrase without a second thought and may have no idea how this familiar custom came to be.During the Middle Ages, less fortunate individuals would go “souling,” which was a process of going door-to-door asking for food on November 1 in return for saying prayers for the deceased on All Souls Day on November 2. Many centuries later, the tradition of “guising” began in Scotland around the same time of year. People began wearing masks and costumes to disguise themselves and prevent evil spirits from harming them. Spirits were thought to cross over more readily around Halloween. The custom also was called “mumming” and was celebrated in nearby England and Ireland as well.Costumes were eventually accompanied by hijinks. Mischief makers would sing a rhyme, do a card trick or tell a story in exchange for a treat. If that treat wasn’t presented, a“trick”could be played. For 19th century children, tricks included jamming hot cabbage into a keyhole to stink up a house or frightening passersby.United States.While the practice of begging for treatsin some shape or form went by many names, Merriam-Webster reports that a newspaper in Saskatchewan, Canada first mentioned the words“treat”and“trick”together in print. A 1923 article indicated, “Hallowe’en passed off very quietly here. ‘Treats’ not ‘tricks’ were the order of the evening.” By 1927, more and more children were uttering“tricks or treats” to solicit candy from their neighbors.whenTrick-or-treating gained throughout the 1950s, with endorsements by major candy companies. The custom also was showcased in popular comic strips.Even though there are tricks to be made on Halloween, treats are the real draw of the day.steamLooking ForA Place To Hold Your Next Business Event?We supply tables, audio, overhead projector, mics & kitchen!Over 3,000 square feet!Affordable To Rent!Call Today or Email5337 Glen Ridge Dr, Suite 118 San Antonio, TX 78229(210)577-9927 InsideCandelaEstudio(Evers & Loop 410 area-Outside Loop)Email: indicates that European immigrants arrived in America, they didn’t give up their annual mischief or requests for treats, and the custom spread throughout the early 20th century in theTaft Theatre Proudly Presents 2023-2024 SeasonAlice in Wonderland October 26-28, 2023Into The Woods December 7-10, 2023UIL One Act Play March 2024A Chorus Line Teen Edition May 2024Purchase tickets online. QR code4www.alamoranchhighlights.comOctober 2023

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