Trick or Treat (1927)

Barry Popik bapopik at GMAIL.COM
Sat Sep 15 01:33:50 UTC 2007

The stores are clearly in Halloween mode, and that's sure to be a heck of a
day in this neighborhood. Here's another cite for "trick or treat," a term
that seems to come from the northwest (Alberta, Montana, California).

4 November 1927, Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada) Herald, pg. 5, col. 2:
(From Our Own Correspondent.)
BLACKIE, Nov. 3--Hallowe'en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun.
No real damage was done except to the temper of some who had to hunt for
wagon wheels, gates, wagons, barrels, etc., much of which decorated the
front street. The youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding
edible plunder by the word "trick or treat" to which the inmates gladly
responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing.

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