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The history of trick or treating

It’s never the wrong time for some candy

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Costume Quest 2 kids trick-or-treating Double Fine Productions/Midnight City

Halloween has come and gone, but the trio on the The History of Fun doesn’t care: We’re trick or treating all year long, my dudes.

On this week’s episode, Christopher Thomas Plante gives us a lengthy tour through the origins of trick or treating, as to follow up on last week’s investigation into Devil’s/Mischief Night. Why the heck do we knock on people’s doors and demand candy on Halloween? And why do those people comply?

Hold on! Let us explain for you in the episode.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in our segment, Reader Only Memories, wherein we share listener stories about the topic at hand. (Plante’s got his Twitter on auto-delete, so no thread for you to peruse this time. Sorry about that ... we’re going to yell at him.)

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