Nine Days of Halloween trivia……Day 9
Halloween traditions of trick-or-treating and jack-o-lanterns were brought to America in the 1840s by Irish escaping the Great Potato Famine. On Halloween, Irish peasants begged the rich for food and played practical jokes on those who refused.
To avoid being tricked, the rich handed out cookies, candies, and fruit – a practice that turned into our present day trick-or-treating.
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