Trick or Treat

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Thu Oct 31 23:58:21 UTC 2002

On Thu, 31 Oct 2002, Dave Wilton wrote:

> I found an Oct 1941 citation, a poem in the _Saturday Evening Post_ titled
> "Trick or Treat." There is also a 30 Oct 1937 _SEP_ cover illustration (by
> Robert B. Velie, not Rockwell) titled "Trick or Treaters." But neither the
> UC nor the Berkeley public library have this issue, so I can't verify if
> that illustration title is from 1937 or was assigned later.

_American Home_, Nov. 1940, p. 95, had an article entitled "New Tricks and
Treats for Halloween."  I don't know whether this article included "trick
or treat," but that seems likely.

Fred Shapiro

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