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"Origin of “Trick or Treat”

Do you know where the common
Hallowe’en prank of children knocking
on doors and shouting “trick or treat”
Linton says: “. . . certainly it comes
from pagan times.” In Ireland up to the
turn of the century, it was customary
to have a procession “led by a man in a
white robe wearing a horse-head mask.
(The horse was sacred to the Sun God,”
says Linton, “which indicates that this
custom was a survival of a Druid rite.)”
The procession levied a contribution
from the farmers in the perverted name
of what probably was an old Druid god.
Unless the procession was “treated” lib-
erally with gifts, the farmers were
“tricked” with the threat of a curse that
would ruin next year’s crops!
This traditional custom of having
processions at Hallowe’en is further de-
rived from another unusual practice.
Wealthy churches during the Middle
Ages, copying the ancient Greek and
Roman religious processions, paraded
the relics of patron saints. The poorer
parishes could not afford to buy relics,
so they used caricatures of their patron
saints. “Those who were just playing the
parts of the holy ones also wanted to
get into the procession, and so they
dressed up as angels or devils. The All-
hallows procession around the church-
yard eventually became a gay and mote-
ly parade.” (From page 103 of Hal-
lowe’en Through Twenty Centuries. )
The present day “trick or treat” is but
a continuation of these degenerate and
absurd customs which came out of
paganism and have been falsely labeled
with Christian names."

November, 1959 --- Plain Truth Mag