“Halloween“ is a direct derivation of All Saints’ Day. All Hallows in Old English means “the feast of the saints.” “Halloween,” first attested in the 16th century, is a Scottish variant of All-Hallows-Even. The “Even” meant evening.... (http://hotword.dictionary.com/halloween-een/)
Modern trick or treating is a custom borrowed from guising, which children still do in some parts of Scotland. 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. (http://hotword.dictionary.com/trick-or-treat/)
Saturday, October 30, 2010
"Halloween" History: "All Saints Day"
Very interesting reading!