“Trick or treat” is sometimes extended to the rhyme, “Tricks or treats, money or eats!” Used less frequently is the singular, “Trick or treat, money or eats!”
“Tricks and Treats, Money or Eats” was printed in the Minneapolis (MN) Sunday Tribune on 24 October 1943. “Tricks or treats, money or eats” was printed in the Harvard (NE) Courier on November 2, 1944. “Tricks or treats, money or eats” was printed in the Minneapolis (MN) Sunday Tribune on October 28, 1945. “TRICK or TREAT, MONEY or EATS!” was printed in the Wisconsin Rapids (WI) Daily Tribune on October 24, 1951.
“TRICKS OR TREATS ... MONEY OR EATS!” was said by the character Charlie Brown in the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles Schulz, in the Memphis (TN) Press-Scimitar and many other newspapers on November 1, 1951.
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.
24 October 1943, Minneapolis (MN) Sunday Tribune, ““Sir Percival Pumpkin’ to Preside at Parties” by Agnes Taaffe, Women’s News sec., pg. 1, col. 2:
When they say “Tricks and Treats, Money or Eats”—and you give them something to eat—make them come inside and do a trick in payment for the food.
2 November 1944, Harvard (NE) Courier, pg. 1, col. 5:
Smaller children contented themselves by going door to door chanting, “Tricks or treats, money or eats.”
28 October 1945, Minneapolis (MN) Sunday Tribune, “Treats for the Night of Goblins” by Mary Hart, Magazine sec., pg. 4, col. 4:
Whether you answer the door to children’s “tricks or treats, money or eats” or find your gang there ready for a party, this holiday necessitates a well-stocked pantry.
31 October 1946, Waukesha (WI) Daily Freeman, “Up and Down Broadway in Waukesha,” pg. 6, col. 3:
“Twicks or Tweets, Money or Eats”
1 November 1946, Ironwood (MI) Daily Globe, “Wakefield News,” pg. 3, col. 3:
Youngsters, Others Out
For ‘Tricks or Treats’
“Tricks or treats, money or eats” was the common expression last evening as no less than 150 youngsters, elders too, called at the business places in observance of Hallowe’en.
8 November 1946, Montreal River Miner (Hurley, WI), “Have You Heard,” pg. 3, col. 1:
The “tricks or treat” cut stuff really developed into an organized racket this year. Bands upon bands of juveniles pounded residential doors and chanted “tricks or treats—money or eats” (and implied “or else”).
23 October 1949, Minneapolis (MN) Sunday Tribune, Women’s News/Travel sec., pg. 12, col. 6 ad:
“TRICKS OR TREATS
MOENY OR EATS—”
JANE GARROTT CANDY SHOPS
24 October 1951, Wisconsin Rapids (WI) Daily Tribune, pg. 10, col. 7 ad:
TRICK or TREAT
MONEY or EATS!
(Penney’s department store.—ed.)
1 November 1951, Memphis (TN) Press-Scimitar, “Peanuts” comic strip by Charles Schulz, pg. 18, col. 4:
[Charlie Brown knocks on a door.]
Charlie Brown: TRICKS OR TREATS ... MONEY OR EATS!
Girl in Home: WHAT?!
Girl in Home: GET OUT OF HERE!!! HALLOWEEN WAS YESTERDAY!
Charlie Brown: I’M STILL HUNGRY!
[The door slams closed.]
Trick or Treat! Money or eats! haha
Love this time of the year, despite all the demanding tasks!!
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