Where does Trick or Treating come from?
Trick or Treating started on this side of the pond in Ireland, Scotland and Wales and involved people dressing up and going door to door asking for food.
People would say poems or sing songs in exchange for food, this tradition evolved into children saying prayed in return for ‘soul cakes’ in the 11th century.
The soul cakes were sweet with a cross tops, similar to hot cross buns, and were intended to represent a spirit being freed from purgatory when eaten.
By the 19th century, this had evolved into a tradition where children would sing songs, tells jokes and read poems instead of prayers for pieces of fruit and money.
Later, the children would play threatening pranks on people to get them to hand over sweets.