A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from November 03, 2019
“Shell out!” (Halloween shout)

“Trick or treat!” is a popular Halloween shout. “Shell out!” is another cry that has been popular in Canada.

“Halloween apples!” and “Charity, please!” are other Halloween shouts.

Wikipedia: Trick-or-treating
Trick-or-treating is a traditional Halloween custom for children and adults in some countries. In the evening before All Saints’ Day (1 November), children in costumes travel from house to house, asking for treats with the phrase “Trick or treat”. The “treat” is usually some form of candy, although in some cultures money is given instead. The “trick” refers to a threat, usually idle, to perform mischief on the homeowner(s) or their property if no treat is given. Trick-or-treating usually occurs on the evening of October 31.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
to shell out colloquial (figurative from sense 1).
a. transitive. To disburse, pay up, hand over. Also (rarely) to shell down.
1801 M. Edgeworth Forester in Moral Tales I. 191 One of you..must shell out your corianders [see coriander n. 3].
1816 W. Scott Black Dwarf vii, in Tales of my Landlord 1st Ser. I. 141 The gold is shelled down when ye command, as fast as I have seen the ash-keys fall in a frosty morning.
1817 M. Edgeworth Love & Law i. i, in Comic Dramas 10 To shell out for me the price of a deecent horse.
b. intransitive. To pay up.
1821 P. Egan Life in London ii. iii. 229 If you are too scaly to tip for it I’ll shell out and shame you.
1857 T. Hughes Tom Brown’s School Days i. vi. 127 I’ve got a tick at Sally’s,..but then I hate running it high..towards the end of the half, ‘cause one has to shell out for it all directly one comes back.

1 November 1898, The Globe (Toronto, ON), pg. 4, col. 1:
Caledonians Enjoy Their Annual
Hallowe’en Dinner.
While thousands of predatory boys stormed the corner groceries last evening with cries of “shell out,” while the students made the theatres ring with their slogans, the proprietors of Hallowe’en dined at the Walker House, congratulated themselves on the success of the Scot at home and abroad, and toasted the sacred haggis. It may be denied that All Hallows Eve is a Scottish festival, but he would be a bold man who would do so when Piper Munro plays in the haggis and the Scots greet it standing. The evening before All Saints’ Day is celebrated all over the world, but in Scotland it takes rank with the psalms and the poems of Burns, the royal games of golf and curling, as one of the country’s foundation pillars. Hallowe’en is preeminently a Scottish festival, honored in song and speech wherever the race is to be found.

31 October 1899, The Evening Citizen (Ottawa, ON), pg. 7, col. 3:
Watch for the Mischief
Maker Tonight.

In the towns the small boys still levy toll on the merchants, as they march along shouting the lusty battle cry, “Shell out,” receiving everything from nuts and fruit to veteran vegetables and superannuated hen fruit.

9 December 1916, Winnipeg (Manitoba) Evening Tribune, The Tribune Junior, pg. 5, col. 2:
They dress up, go to parties, and the children stop around the shops yelling: “Shell out! Shell out!” Sometimes the shop-keepers fill a bag with fruit or cakes and hand it to the children.
GRODON, MELSTED, 673 Bannatyne avenue.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Sunday, November 03, 2019 • Permalink