Phrase of the Week

14 Oct

Good afternoon, Boston Life!

It’s time for the phrase of the week! As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask us–administration and teachers alike! Have a great time learning!

Boston Life Administration


Keeping with the autumn/Halloween theme from recent blog posts, I want to discuss a phrase that Americans use when going door-to-door to collect candy on Halloween. Later this month, I will have another post about the holiday of Halloween, but for now, let’s talk about “trick-or-treat”!

The phrase, “trick-or-treat” comes from an old tradition when Halloween was used to make mischief (tricks) or to do kind things for your friends (treats). Nowadays, however, the “treats” we are talking about are candy on Halloween.

On October 31st, Halloween, when children dress in costumes and walk around their neighborhoods, they ring each doorbell and say “trick or treat!” The neighbor then gives the children candy! The act of going door to door to ask for candy on Halloween is called “trick-or-treating.” Children bring pillow cases or pumpkin-shaped buckets with them while they trick-or-treat so that they can collect their candy. So this upcoming holiday, it won’t be surprising to you if children knock on your door and say, “trick or treat!”

For example:
“Are you taking your children trick-or-treating on Halloween?”
“Yes, I am! My children are dressing up as a witch and a fireman, and they are very excited!”


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