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Hi guys,

I just translated for my gf an Halloween episode of Desperate Housewives...anyway I'm just courious, in this episode there was being mentioned really nice Halloween tradition in US called "Trick or treat", where children visits families house by house and says "Trick or treat!". After this, an homeowner must show a trick, if he didn't give a treat to the chilren....Really nice. I just wana ask, how old is this US tradition ??? In my country we have a similar tradition, but it's binded to the raising of the Jesus Christ. Not to Halloween. Thanks in advance

cheers JCD.
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JCDenton, when the child says "Trick or treat" the person who opens the door gives out candy. There is no "trick." If you don't want to give out candy, you just leave your porch light off. It's an understood system. If the light is on, ring the doorbell for candy. If the light is off, leave the house alone.
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Grammar GeekJCDenton, when the child says "Trick or treat" the person who opens the door gives out candy. There is no "trick." If you don't want to give out candy, you just leave your porch light off. It's an understood system. If the light is on, ring the doorbell for candy. If the light is off, leave the house alone.

Thx GG.

And how old is this tradition in your country?
Decades. I don't believe my parents trick-or-treated, but I did as a child.