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  1. trick-or-treatingverb

    Going from door to door getting candy on Halloween night.


  1. Trick-or-treating

    Trick-or-treating or Guising, is a customary practice for children on Halloween in many countries. Children in costumes travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy with the question "Trick or treat?". The "trick" is a threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given. In North America, trick or treating has been a customary Halloween tradition since the early 1950s. Homeowners wishing to participate in it sometimes decorate their private entrances with artificial spider webs, plastic skeletons and jack-o-lanterns. Some rather reluctant homeowners would simply leave the candy in bowls on the porch, others might be more participative and would even ask an effort from the children in order to provide them with candy. In the more recent years, however, the practice has spread to almost any house within a neighborhood being visited by children, including senior residences and condominiums. The tradition of going from door to door receiving food already existed in Great Britain and Ireland in the form of "souling", where children and poor people would sing and say prayers for the dead in return for cakes. Guising—children disguised in costumes going from door to door for food and coins—also predates trick or treat, and is recorded in Scotland at Halloween in 1895, where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money. While going from door to door in disguise has remained popular among Scots and Irish, the North American custom of saying "trick or treat" has recently become common. The activity is prevalent in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Puerto Rico, and northwestern and central Mexico. In the latter, this practice is called calaverita, and instead of "trick or treat", the children ask ¿me da mi calaverita?; where a calaverita is a small skull made of sugar or chocolate.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trick-or-treating in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trick-or-treating in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of trick-or-treating in a Sentence

  1. Michelle Scrivner:

    My husband's asthmatic, so we were just worried about him and the kids. So, they didn't go trick or treating, but, we made a big deal out of everything. We decided to make it really big and do 31 days of costumes and it went over really well. We had a really great response from everyone.

  2. Rochelle Walensky:

    I would say,' Put on those costumes, stay outside and enjoy Mayra Arana trick-or-treating,' if Rochelle Walensky are spread out doing Rochelle Walensky trick-or-treating, that should be very safe for Rochelle Walensky children.

  3. Luke Keyes:

    I love trick-or-treating, to me, I like trick-or-treating a little more than Christmas because at Christmas you give gifts to your friends and family ; Halloween, you give gifts to everybody.

  4. Alicia Au:

    Halloween is now embraced in Kuala Lumpur (the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia), lots of malls will sell Halloween-related merchandise and bars will put up decorations. However, there is not so much trick or treating for the kids. I just don’t think that idea has caught on yet.

  5. Janice Bellucci:

    This is a solution without a problem, (The corrections department's) sign requirement is based upon myth, not facts. The facts are there are no reports in California of a sexual assault upon a child who goes trick or treating.


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    difficult or impossible to perceive or discern
    A ambidextrous
    B tacky
    C unsealed
    D indiscernible

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