trick or treat


: a custom on Halloween in which children knock on people's doors and say “trick or treat” when the doors are opened to ask for candy

Full Definition of TRICK OR TREAT

:  a children's Halloween practice of asking for treats from door to door under threat of playing tricks on those who refuse
trick–or–treat intransitive verb
trick–or–treater noun

Examples of TRICK OR TREAT

  1. We got all dressed up for trick or treat.
  2. When the door opened the kids all shouted Trick or treat!.

First Known Use of TRICK OR TREAT

circa 1941


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