Where did the Halloween Party traditions of costumes and trick-or-treating begin?

In Trick-or-Treat, a history of Halloween by Lisa Morton, the tradition started when Irish Immigrants coming to North America brought the Gaelic celebration ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ with trick playing pranks of mischief. When the tricksters took the pranks to vandalism level, city officials suggested warding off mischief  by instead encouraging families to host ‘house to house’ parties and costumes evolved for the ‘treat’ rewards door to door.

Hosting a Halloween drop-in for your neighbors and friends can offer a ‘safe’ place for everyone to trick-or-treat and entertain both adults and children, here are some party ideas to enhance your Hallows-eve.

Give guests their own ‘Treat’ Bags: The plastic pumpkin with the flimsy handle just doesn’t cut it anymore! Provide party guests with their very own Trick-or-Treat bags like these custom ‘Baggu’ handle bags. A perfect guest favor to hold the heavy candy treats and add a flashing safety light to give treaters an extra safety caution when on the streets.

Trick or Treat Bags

Trick or Treat Favor Bags with Flashing Safety Lights

Treasure Map of Treat Stations: Keeping your little ones safe can be nerve wracking with their candy infused excitement. Narrow down the treat hunting area by working with your neighbors on individual ‘treat stations’ on your block and a treasure map of the locations. Have each host provide a different candy variety, stamping each treat seeker’s map with a reward incentive to those that complete all stations and return to Halloween Party!

Trick or Treat Treasure Map

Trick or Treat Treasure Map

Halloween Appetizers / Mummy Fingers by: Cru Catering

Halloween Appetizers / Mummy Fingers by: Cru Catering

Spooky Rewards:

At the end of the treasure hunt they will undoubtedly be hungry and ready for yummy treats like these ‘Mummy Fingers’.  A fun take on the old-school pigs in a blanket, just shred the crescent roll wrap on mini hot dogs similar to a Mummy’s wrap. Spook up your display with a scary spider or skeleton.

So if you’re looking to ward off the evil spirits and shenanigans of pumpkin smashing and toilet paper trees, don’t turn your porch light off this Hallows-eve, but instead open your door at the ring of the doorbell and listen for the ‘Trick or Treat’!

Happy Halloween! ~ Stacey Fraunfelter, Stacey Events, Event Planner

Photography : JB McCabe Photography

Resources: Real Simple, Why Do We Go Trick OR Treating?