Trick-or-treating is a Halloween tradition in which children dress up in costumes and go door-to-door in their neighborhood, asking for candy or other treats. The phrase “trick or treat” is commonly used by children to request candy from homeowners. If the homeowner gives candy, the children usually say “thank you” and move on to the next house. If the homeowner does not give candy, the children may play a harmless prank or “trick” on the homeowner, such as toilet papering their trees or bushes.
Trick-or-treating is a popular activity for children and families during Halloween, and is often accompanied by other Halloween traditions such as pumpkin carving and costume parties. Many communities have established specific times for trick-or-treating to ensure the safety of children, and some neighborhoods may organize events such as block parties or haunted houses to celebrate the holiday.