Happy All Saint’s day!

imgresOn All Saint’s Day in medieval times beggars would approach households offering to pray for their dead relatives in exchange for food or a treat. This practice was suppressed by the protestant Queen Elizabeth I but it survived in rural areas from whence it was taken to the New World. Over the years asking for a treat became associated with the previous day’s more pagan ceremony and so the custom of “trick or treat” was established.

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