As you all probably know, today we are celebrating HALLOWEEN! But do you know why and how we celebrate it?
The origins of trick-or-tricking remain hazy and it is still unknown exactly when it was coined. However, the tradition had started in American pop culture before 1951, when trick-or-treating was shown in the Peanuts comic strip. In 1952, Disney produced a cartoon called “Trick or Treat” featuring Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie.
Going from house to house (so-called "trick-or-treating") asking for candies and other goodies has been a popular Halloween tradition not only in the United States but also other countries for about a century. It is usually a community-based activity for kids who are dressed up in all possible costumes. Parents start thinking about the costumes for their little ones well in advance. Neighbors buy sweets and candies in huge amounts. Today, Americans spend approximately $6 billion every year on Halloween, making it the nation’s second-largest commercial holiday.
Today, it has become not just a holiday for kids. A lot of young (and not so young) people dress up and organize parades, parties, and other numerous events to have fun. Others visit haunted houses, play games (Murder Mystery, for example), tell spooky stories, or just scare someone off.