All Hallow’s Eve is upon us, ghosts, ghouls and other supernatural characters will be out to spook you and ‘Trick-or-Treaters’ will be gracing your doorsteps. On the spookiest evening of the year and one of the most creative in terms of fancy dress, I felt curious on the origins and when this quirky custom became well and truly enstilled in us. So I had a little look into it, and this is what I discovered. Early attention was given to trick-or -treating in America in 1947 with issues of children’s magazines such as Jack and Jill and Children’s Activities and Halloween radio episodes like The Jack Benny Show and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in 1948. Trick-or-treating was depicted in the Peanuts comic strip in 1951, and then firmly establishing itself in popular culture by 1952, when Walt Disney portrayed it in the cartoon Trick or Treat, not establishing itself across the pond until much later it is now a firm tradition every year on All Hallow’s Eve.
I also came across these splendid 50s posters, well and truly establishing Trick-or-Treating as a firm standing tradition.