A Fall themed doorway and the history of trick-or-treating
Found this cute decorated doorway in Austria. I like how they've added what appears to be faux garland to the real plants.
I also spy some corn, grapes, apples, and pears added into the mix. Clever!
You know what is interesting? The Germans really don't decorate for Fall and Halloween like we do. I know their big Fall festival is the Oktoberfest, essentially a harvest festival that happens to involve lots of beer.
So I decided to look up the origins for Halloween and Trick-or-treating!
The practice of dressing up began in Celtic tradition in which they believed demons would roam the earth again. You would have to dress up as a demon so if the real demons found you they would think you were one of them and leave you alone.
As for trick-or-treating, it began in the Middle Ages in which children and poor adults would dress in costumes and go door to door during Hallowmas begging for found in exchange for songs and prayers on behalf on the dead.
This practice didn't emerge again until in the United States in the 1920s. The term "trick or treat" dates back to 1927. A paper had printed that "Hallowe'en provided an opportunity for real strenuous fun [...], the youthful tormentors were at back door and front demanding edible plunder by the word "trick or treat" to which the inmates gladly responded and sent the robbers away rejoicing".
Be sure to check out my other Autumn Themed Posts:
A Pumpkin Festival featuring 450,000 pumpkins!
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