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Where's the TRICK in Trick or Treat?

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©2010 by LeeZard
LeeZard is concerned that the true spirit of Halloween is lost. Forget about the day’s historic Celtic origins; I’m talking about the time-honored tradition of TRICK or treat. Back in the day, LeeZard remembers when you actually “tricked” someone who failed to give you a treat.
Wait; forget about forgetting about Halloween’s origins. It turns out the Celts also started the trick or treat thing. According to Neopagan.com, Halloween grew from the ancient Celts’ celebration of Samhuinn, the beginning of winter or the dark half of the year:

"Being “between” seasons or years, Samhuinn was (and is) considered a very magical time, when the dead walk among the living and the veils between past, present and future may be lifted in prophecy and divination.
Samhuinn, from 31 October to 2 November was a time of no time. Celtic society, like all early societies, was highly structured and organized; everyone knew their place. But to allow that order to be psychologically comforta…