I've been thinking about going as Michael Jackson. He's been known to turn a trick or two.
On the otherhand, perhaps I'll ignore the whole thing like I usually do.
Like their mournful and scratchy music and hidious dancing, the Irish brought the custom of Halloween to America in the 1840's.
But, custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated not with the Irish Celts, but with a ninth-century European custom called souling.
On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for "soul cakes," made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors.
At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul's passage to heaven.