What’s the trick to getting candy on Halloween? Just say “Trick or Treat!”


On October 31st each year, hoards of children invade their neighborhoods dressed up in costumes and go door-to-door asking for candy. In exchange for dressing up and saying “Trick or Treat,” they usually receive a piece of candy or two. But where did this tradition come from?

Some believe the holiday is based off the ancient Celtic and Christian winter festivals, during which it was common to dress up in costumes, particularly on nights when supernatural beings were said to be abroad. In modern times, Americans spend an estimated $6 billion annually on Halloween candy, decorations, and at theme parks, making it the nation’s second-largest commercial holiday.

So tomorrow, come up to the front desk and say this magic phrase, and there will be a sweet treat for you!