Prior to World War II, trick or treat took on a different meaning. Tricks used to be played by children and young adults through the neighborhood as a way to celebrate the night. With the involvement of America in World War II, many things changed very quickly on the home front. First, sugar was rationed. All those delicious candies that we like to get on Halloween was now a non-necessity. They cost too much to spend the precious ration points on.
Published in the San Diego Union, 25 Oct 1942
However, a few families banded together to throw a neighborhood Halloween party. Costume parties, dances, and other activities were used to lure children into a safe, supervised environment. The costumed Halloween and trick-or-treating that we know today is steeped in the traditions that were established during World War II.
Enjoy yourselves this Halloween!
Until next time,