10/25/2012 06:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Trick or Treat

Parents: "Say 'trick-or-treat'!"
Kids: "Candy!"

Adults know if you want candy, you have to say "trick-or-treat." But it's not always so easy getting the kids to say those magic words!

Take a look at these cute kids trying to master saying "trick-or-treat:"

Where does the phrase "trick-or-treat" come from anyway? Well, according to The Phrase Finder, this saying has its origins in Medieval Europe.

"The practice of souling -- going from door to door on or about All Souls Day to solicit gifts of food in return for prayers for the dead -- evolved from a pagan ritual that was practiced all over Europe, possibly as early as the 10th century. As a Christian tradition it goes back to at least the 14th century, when it is mentioned by Chaucer. It is still commonplace in many Catholic countries, notably Ireland, where soul-cakes are left out for the departed. The first reference to the practice under that name in England is John Brand's Popular Antiquities of Great Britain, 1779: 'On All Saints Day, the poor people go from parish to parish a Souling, as they call it.'

The earliest known citation of trick or treat in print is from an item in the Oregon newspaper The Oregon Journal, 1st November 1934, headed 'Halloween Pranks Keep Police on Hop':
'Other young goblins and ghosts, employing modern shakedown methods, successfully worked the 'trick or treat' system in all parts of the city.'"

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