trick or treat


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trick or treat

interj.
Used as a greeting when trick-or-treating.
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trick or treat

sentence substitute
chiefly US and Canadian the cry by children at Halloween when they call at houses, indicating that they want a present or money or else they will play a trick on the householder
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trick′ or treat′


n.
a Halloween custom in which children call on neighbors, local merchants, etc., to ask for a small treat, ritualistically threatening to play a trick if refused.
[1940–45]
trick′-or-treat′, v.i.
trick′-or-treat′er, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trick or treat - a request by children on Halloweentrick or treat - a request by children on Halloween; they pass from door to door asking for goodies and threatening to play tricks on those who refuse
asking, request - the verbal act of requesting
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* Johnston City Trick or Treat: Trick or treat hours in Johnston City are 5-8 p.m.
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"How To Trick Or Treat In the Enchanted Forest And Not Get Eaten by a Monster" is a lurid Halloween fantasy adventure chapter book perfectly planned to spook middle -school age children, ages 9 and up.
In some instances, trick or treat has become "do our bidding or we'll blow you up".
The women's website ivillage.co.uk features a special Halloween section which also includes road safety advice such as parents helping to plan their child's trick or treat route in a well-known, well-lit neighbourhood, and making sure they wear bright, reflective or fluorescent clothing to make them more conspicuous.
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TRICK OR TREAT ON 20 pieces of paper, write "trick" or "treat" (there should be mostly tricks and just one or two treats).