Wednesday Word of the Day – Trick or Treat!

On Halloween, children tick or treat!
Children trick or treating and getting candy!

Trick or Treat?

noun or verb

Why do we say “trick or treat” around Halloween time? Trick-or-treating is a Halloween custom for children (and adults) in many countries. Children dress up in costumes and travel from house to house asking for treats such as candy and chocolate. When they ring the doorbell and the door is opened, the phrase “TRICK OR TREAT!” is yelled. A person who goes from house to house asking for candy is called a trick-or-treater.


The origin of this phrase comes from a Scotland custom called guising. Guising involves dressing in costume and singing a rhyme, doing a card trick, or telling a story in exchange for a sweet. The Scottish and Irish brought the custom to America in the 19th century.


Fast forward to the 21st century… the Halloween spirit is in full swing at EC Los Angeles! From spider webs around the school to a jack-o-lantern carving contest, we are undoubtedly excited about this popular holiday. Students are also excited to go trick-or-treating around the school. There are several “hot spots” where you can satisfy your sweet tooth cravings at EC Los Angeles: the 3rd floor front desk, Paul’s Centre Director office, the 3rd floor Academic Office, and the 2nd floor Academic Office. Stop by each of these locations and remember to say the magic words in exchange for a piece of candy!


Happy trick-or-treating, everyone!


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