I have sometimes opened the door to trick or treaters and shouted ‘boo!’ at them. Then tell them ‘that’s your trick!’ Only after being pestered several times…
Trick or treating seems to have arrived in the UK in the last several years. It didn’t really happen before that as we had a lot of celebrations around the fifth of November. (Bonfire night) ‘remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot’. This was when Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament several centuries ago.
I don’t dislike Halloween but children have always made Guy’s (effigies) to burn on top of bonfires, and sat outside at the end of October and start of November begging for a ‘penny for the Guy’ to buy fireworks that are set off on the fifth of November.
So Halloween and spooky goings on are not really traditional here, but the have gained a foothold. X