Halloween history is rich and complex. The origins of Halloween traditions are usually traced back in some form or another to the ancient Celts of Ireland and subsequent Irish immigration to America. One notable exception is the modern practice of trick-or-treating. So why do we trick-or-treat in the first place?
Mischief is a Halloween tradition that goes back to the earliest days of the holiday. In fact, the tradition of giving children candy actually was an attempt to stem the onslaught of pranks and vandalism. During the 1930s, adults in America came up with a campaign to bribe children with candy, thus the name "trick-or-treat." The practice was an adaptation of the Celtic tradition of going door to door asking for food or money, but with the intent to provide a "wholesome" alternative to property crimes for the kiddies. As a result, much of the mischief has now moved to October 30th, often know as Devil's Night or Mischief Night, in the US.
To honor the tradition of tricking, this list contains some of the best Halloween tricks. Regional traditions are included, as well as the national holiday staples we all know and love. Remember the ground rules: no treat means the house is fair game for tricks. Tricking AND treating is just bad form.
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