Did you ever wonder where Trick or Treating originated? Well – here is the answer to my latest search for the truth.
Halloween goes back to an ancient Celtic tradition. The Celts celebrated the new year on what we consider Nov. 1st. They believed that on the eve of that new year, the curtain between this world and world of spirits and ghosts was lifted and spirits of the dead walked the earth. So they made big bonfires for sacrifices of grain or animals to frighten away the spooks and they also wore costumes so the sprits wouldn’t recognize them.
Under Roman rule, the holiday morphed into a day to remember the dead and celebrate the festival of Pomona, their goddess of fruit and trees. Her symbol was an apple and that might be where we got our tradition of bobbing for apples.
In the eighth centruy, Pope Gregory III decided that a day honoring the martyrs should be expanded to include all the saints and set Nov Ist.
In the 19th century Halloween became more widespread as Irish and English immigrants brought their traditions with them to the United States. Those included parades and dressing in costumes and going to neighbor’s houses to beg for food and money.
Also, there was a superstition that on Oct 31st young women could learn who their husbands would be by doing tricks with apple parings and bits of yarn. Hence what became our tradition of trick-or-treating
All of this according to Clay Thompsonof the Arizona Republic.