Halloween’s origins go too far back in history to be known with absolute certainty, but historians generally agree that it began with Celtic-speaking people on the British Isles. It’s an especially big deal in Ireland but has also long been observed, in some form or another, among the English, Welsh and Scottish. When British settlers headed over to the new world in the 17th and 18th centuries, they brought the Halloween tradition with them.
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The custom of going door to door demanding treats, nicely of course, has been around for an even shorter period. “It was starting to catch on in the late ’30s, and then World War II happened, and there was sugar rationing and so on.