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How Trick-or-Treating Became a Halloween Tradition


I never thought of it as a kid, I just did it; dressed up each year at Halloween and headed out to get as much candy as I could. Where did the tradition come from to dress up on Halloween and ask for treats?


At Discount Motor City, where we offer the best used cars for sale in Surrey, we are ready for Halloween and are happy to bring you this little bit of history.


Trick-or-treating has been a tradition in many countries for more than a century. Its origins, although a little foggy, can be traced back to ancient Celtic festivals, early Roman Catholic holidays, medieval practices—and even British politics.


Halloween has its roots in the Celtic festival of Samhain, celebrated on October 31st The Celts believed the dead returned to earth on that night, and they gathered to light fires, offer sacrifices and pay homage to the dead.


The trick-or-treating part, although not precisely known when became firmly entrenched in Halloween culture by 1951 when the good ole Peanuts cartoon with Charlie Brown depicted trick-or-treating. This was followed in 1952 by a Walt Disney cartoon called Trick-or-Treat with Donald Duck and Huey, Louie and Dewey.



From the Celts, long ago, the traditions of Halloween and Trick-or-Treat have evolved suiting times of famine, the great depression, World War II and the height of the baby boom that began in 1946, and on this day, millions of kids will be out demanding “Trick-or-Treat!”

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It looks like we may have a great evening for Trick-or-Treat. But, if you are on the road, from all of us at Discount Motor City, where you will find the best quality used cars for sale in Surrey, we ask you to be extra careful. We all want to keep those little goblins safe.


And from all of us at Discount Motor City, used cars Surrey, Happy Halloween!



Happy Halloween and a safe evening to everyone!

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