Why Do We Say Trick or Treat on Halloween?

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The phrase “Trick or treating” owes its existence to “souling” and “guising.” During the medieval practice of souling, poor people would make the rounds begging for food. In return, they offered prayers for the dead on All Souls Day.
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There was a medieval practice called 'souling' where poor people dressed in costumes and begged for food, going door to door. 'Guising' was a custom in Scotland where children dressed in costumes and did card tricks or sang song for a sweet treat. Eventually it evolved into trick or treat.
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