Trick or treating in Australia is becoming a stronger tradition in more recent times. Halloween is celebrated on 31 October, but was not followed as strongly in Australia as in North America and many European countries; but is becoming increasingly popular. Trick or treating is normally performed by children (hopefully under the supervision of an adult?), where they go from house to house, in costume with the questions “Trick or Treat?”. If the householder is not willing to provide a treat, usually in the form of lollies, chocolate, money or a small toy, the children may well decide to perform some mischief, or trick, on them.
Guising is a term used in Scotland and Ireland, where children go door-to-door for food or coins; and is a traditional Halloween custom recorded from 1895. These children would carry lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, and rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. This practice was first recorded in North America in 1911 in Ontario.
Today, some Halloween festivities still honour the earlier customs, and some of the festivities include studying these old traditions, as well as trick-or-treating. The term “trick or treat” seems to have surfaced in the mid-1920s.
In the early 1920s it seemed that it was commonplace for there to be many children out on the streets, and in costumes, and tricking any householders they felt they could perform their mischief on. However it seemed to be more in the 1920s when the concept of using “treats” to appease the children from doing this, came into being; with it becoming a more widespread practice in the 1930s.
Today, it is has become a much loved tradition for groups to dress up and go trick or treating; and in Australia, as this is becoming more widespread, many Aussies who have not followed the tradition in the past, are being caught short with groups of children at their door, and nothing to offer. Of course, it’s too late for this year, but Tasty Temptations makes it easy to ensure this never happens to you again – simply pop in an order online and have a ready supply of sweet nibbles to offer. If you’re not sure which options to go for, we would suggest that choosing a range of individually wrapped lollies will keep everything fresh and clean for those eager fingers; or wrap loose lollies into little pre-made bags. You can choose from a huge range of specifically Halloween themed novelty lollies or go for appropriate “everyday” lollies like black cats and all the loved sour worms and TNT sour chews. Or, if you want to be really cheeky, but the lollies you know YOU love; and you can always hope the tradition hasn’t spread to your street – then you get to eat the leftovers yourself!