The Catholic origins of trick-or-treating –Aleteia

It is with this celebration that many local traditions were created and became mingled with the festivities of All Hallows’ Eve when immigrants started establishing themselves in the United States.

In various cultures in Europe there developed a tradition of “souling” and baking “soul cakes” in honor of the faithful departed. These cakes were baked on All Hallows’ Eve (October 31) and children would go out on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, begging door-to-door for these cakes in exchange for praying for deceased relatives and friends.

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Eventually this tradition was morphed in America with other customs, and after candy manufacturers caught wind of it, the holiday was monetized and developed into what it is today.

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