Tricking and treating has a history

Scholar of myth and religion in popular culture looks at the roots of Halloween

A pre-Christian tradition

Later influences

People lighting candles on All Saints’ Day. Reuters/Philippe Wojazer
Guy Fawkes Day celebrations in East Sussex, England. Peter Trimming, CC BY-SA
The carved pumpkins. Sarah Ackerman, CC BY

When the tradition came to the US

Halloween today

Trick-or-treaters in costume. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

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