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Samhain Countdown: Trick or Treat!

By October 7, 2013

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Enjoy giving out candy - and eating it - at Halloween!
Tricky or treat!
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While many of us Pagans celebrate the holiday called Samhain, for some of us, it's also the secular event of Halloween. The tradition of trick-or-treating isn't quite as old as the holiday itself, but it's certainly been around for a while. Personally, I'll dress up as darn near anything if it means people will feed me candy (two years ago I was a toddler pageant queen, this year I'm going to be River Song --- hello, sweetie!). Here's how this unique custom evolved: Trick or Treat!

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October 9, 2010 at 5:41 am
(1) Maria Wright says:

Hi Patti! I love reading your articles. I just have a question about your statement “girls stayed inside, playing games of divination”. Was that looked down upon? It seems like a pretty witchy thing to do(witchiness is good. i’m just not so sure about how people would see it back then)

October 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm
(2) paganwiccan says:

Hi Maria! Actually, it was viewed as reasonably harmless fun, from everything I’ve read. It was the sort of thing where girls would peel an apple to figure out their future husband’s initial, or they’d look into a mirror at midnight in hopes of seeing their true love’s face, that sort of thing. It doesn’t appear to have been anything that was really looked down upon from a religious perspective, although I’m sure there were some areas where the Old Folks frowned upon shenanigans like this!


October 7, 2013 at 10:09 am
(3) WhiteWolf says:

It is the nature of many Old Folks to frown on shenanigans of any sort.

Bitterness over their own lost youth, perhaps.

If I ever get that cranky I hope someone takes my walker and pokes me with it. ;)

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