trick-or-treat love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To engage in the practice of asking for treats on Halloween and threatening to play tricks on those who refuse.

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  • v. To extort small treats on Halloween by implied threat of property damage or practical joke.


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  • There are few pleasures as wonderful in life as digging into a big 'ol bag of trick-or-treat goodies, and even yours truly wouldn't trade her bite-sized Baby Ruths for baby carrots.

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  • NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Some families may be debating whether to send kids out to trick-or-treat on Sunday night, but there's no debate in Louisiana's Livingston Parish, where local laws forbid the observance of Halloween on a Sunday.

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  • By Bruce Nolan The Times-Picayune/Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Some families may be debating whether to send kids out to trick-or-treat on Sunday night, ...

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  • Every year, you dig into the Halloween candy stash well before trick-or-treat hours begin, right?

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  • I was quite surprised, since at this time the traditional Spanish families in New Mexico still practiced the 3 Kings 'Day routine (and the kids did a sort of trick-or-treat thing for candies and other dulces on Xmas Day, something also still done in parts of México, but another tradition that is dying out).

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  • I felt it my duty as a parent to secure my children invitations to trick-or-treat with their Park Avenue friends.

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  • I mean, how many houses can you trick-or-treat in an hour, or bomb with eggs and enwreath in toilet paper if nobody's home?

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  • Need a countdown so that you know just how many days are left until it's time to trick-or-treat?

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  • As a panel of "experts" o n the "Today" show warned viewers recently: Don't let your children trick-or-treat without you "any earlier than [age] 13, because people put on masks, they put on disguises, and there are still people who do bad things."

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  • I never had the chance to do the fun things kids do: sleepovers, parties, trick-or-treat.

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